Government to appoint commissioner to failing Bucks
The Government has announced plans to send a commissioner to Buckinghamshire CC to turn around the authority’s long-failing children’s services.
Scotland: Government underestimated childcare funds
The Scottish Government has severely underestimated the money councils will need to fund the planned increased provision of childcare, the Accounts Commission has warned.
Council investment after inadequate rating
Gloucestershire CC has invested in staff, casework reduction and administration amid warnings the pace of improvements to its children’s services is too slow.
Service provision is healthy but not sustainable, warns report
Scottish councils will find it difficult to provide services at their current level, new data published by the Improvement Service has predicted.
Children's services to be slashed over coming year, new research reveals
More than 50% of councils analysed in new research plan to cut spending on children’s services over the next year.
Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies
Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.
Solving the sticky issues in children's social care
Emily Roche offers four steps to solving the 'sticky' problems in children's services.
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Children's services: Improving under pressure
A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the sector.
Councillors call for children's services budget review
Buckinghamshire CC’s scrutiny committee has called for an independent review of the council’s children’s services budgets.
Stockport to act as improvement partner for struggling neighbour
Tameside MBC councillors have been urged to form a children’s services improvement partnership with neighbouring Stockport MBC amid concerns progress in the borough has been too slow.
Reserves warning for Dudley
Auditors have warned that Dudley MBC will use up its general fund by 2020/21 unless it manages to save millions of pounds.
Government migration funding formula 'unfair'
The council accommodating the second-highest number of asylum-seeking children in the UK has criticised the Government's funding formula.
Buckinghamshire gets second inadequate Ofsted rating
Buckinghamshire CC’s children’s services have again been judged inadequate by Ofsted after inspectors concluded progress in recent years had been ‘inconsistent and too slow’.
Rotherham: a place that needed good news
Rotherham MBC has finally achieved a positive Ofsted rating. The council is now trying to turn around the town's tarnished reputation. Heather Jameson reports.
Collaborate with businesses and schools to address skills gap, MPs tell councils
Local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, businesses, schools and colleges should come together to discuss the skills gap, MPs have urged.
‘Fragmented’ approach to child health damaging nation, paediatricians say
The Government’s ‘fragmented’ approach to children's health is damaging the nation, paediatricians have warned.
Doncaster's children's service emerges from 'dark' period
Doncaster MBC’s children’s services have been declared good by Ofsted - four years after the council was threatened with losing control over the entire service.
Nottinghamshire apologises for historic child sexual abuse
The ‘dreadful stain’ on Nottinghamshire CC cannot be denied or excused, the council leader has said in an apology to all victims of child sexual abuse.
Financial acumen 'essential' for county chiefs
The officer brought in by Lancashire CC because of her expertise with figures has described financial acumen as an ‘essential skill’ for all county bosses.