• Levelling up progress ‘glacial’, think-tank says

    19 June 2024

    Progress on levelling up in England has been ‘glacial’ and – according to some metrics – inequality has worsened, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed.

  • Councils looking after record 576,000 children with SEND

    13 June 2024

    Councils are looking after record numbers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Devolution needs to deliver for learners

    04 June 2024

    Graeme Atherton says further devolution of funding for skills provision has to be a core goal, but effective co-ordination of the multiple organisations involved in delivery is also vital.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • Government advisers warn graduate visa curbs could undermine levelling up

    14 May 2024

    Curbs on visas for graduates could undermine levelling-up, the Government has been warned by its own advisers.

  • SEND improvement notice for London borough

    02 May 2024

    Bexley LBC has been issued with an improvement notice ordering it to make improvements to its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • The Trump effect

    30 April 2024

    Sector insiders talk to Heather Jameson about the possible impact this side of the pond of a second victory for Donald Trump, including less cash for public services and a push to boost local economies.

  • Budget: Boost for preventative services 

    06 March 2024

    Funding for preventative services has been announced as part of the Budget in an attempt to relieve local government’s demand pressures.

  • ALACE warns of mental health risk from inspections

    30 January 2024

    The chief executives’ trade union has revealed it already supports officers responding to inspection reports, as mental health fears grow with the emergence of watchdog Oflog.

  • Dream big, start small

    22 January 2024

    Ann McGauran reports on the Local Government AI Summit, which was aimed at providing the sector with a deeper understanding of the technology’s potential to solve real problems.

  • Scots Gov should not mark own report card

    08 January 2024

    The Scottish Parliament should appoint an independent external organisation to validate the National Performance Framework and regain faith in the system of assessment. George Thorley explains.

  • An invite to our free virtual Local Government AI Summit

    08 January 2024

    The Local Government AI Summit on 18 January will showcase innovation and feature practical sessions on AI applications, governance and supplier insights. Dr Claire Darwin invites registrations.

  • Delivering a vital service

    09 October 2023

    The flexibility given to councils to manage the provision of the Holiday Activity and Food Programme has enabled a much more cross-departmental and preventative approach, says Tom Neill

  • Using the past to shape our future

    11 September 2023

    The UK’s youngest city has provided many important historical examples of civic leadership and pioneering spirit, and as Kersten England explains, continuing this legacy and maintaining a modern shared vision is a responsibility Bradford welcomes.

  • County leaders call for ‘adult education revolution’

    04 September 2023

    County council leaders have urged the Government to ‘fast track’ devolution deals to help boost the number of people taking part in adult education.

  • Pioneering a new approach to children’s social care in Somerset

    22 August 2023

    A new partnership in Somerset is supporting the county’s most complex looked-after children and could improve outcomes across the UK, say Claire Winter and Chris Luck.

  • Children referred to social services twice as likely to fail GCSEs

    22 August 2023

    Children who have been referred to social care are twice as likely to fail an English or Maths GCSE than their classmates, a children’s charity has found.

  • Education and children's services top complaints to Ombudsman

    26 July 2023

    The Ombudsman’s annual complaints statistics have revealed education and children’s services as the key areas of concern, making up nearly a quarter (24%) of the workload.

  • Tapping into the talent on our doorstep

    05 June 2023

    Great Yarmouth BC's work on supported internships dovetails with its determination to have an inclusive and diverse workforce that better reflects the communities it serves, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Bristol council faces 'huge financial risk'

    25 May 2023

    Bristol City Council has been warned it must take urgent action over the spiralling cost of special educational needs and disabilities.