Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile
A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
Funds, glorious funds!
With chancellor Philip Hammond being lobbied from every direction pre-Budget, campaigners are having to come up with ever more imaginative ways of attracting his attention.
The smart search for finding city space for schools
With an increase in school rolls and a shortage of land, urban local authorities are having to develop innovative new ways of finding extra space to accommodate new classes. A recent round table debate organised by The MJ and construction firm Morgan Sindall discussed the challenges and some solutions. Dan Peters reports on the discussion’s key conclusions.
Warning for councils after wall collapse
Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from the Scottish Parliament.
Ministers hand councils new education role
Scottish ministers have watered down plans to reduce council influence over schools.
White Van Man on ... PFI contracts
When I was a lad my mum used to buy her sofas and fridges and washing machines on the never-never. You know, buy now, pay later, say a tenner a month for about three years by which time whatever you’d bought had fallen apart.
Brum praised for tackling illegal schools
Ofsted’s chief inspector has praised Birmingham City Council for working with the regulator to tackle illegal schools.
Back to school: Give councils the powers they need
Place-based school planning and decision-making powers are currently not strong enough, argues Michael Bracey, so it’s time for the Government to empower councils to aid the schools.
Council slams multi-academy trusts' lack of accountability
Wakefield City Council has criticised the lack of accountability of academy trusts after an organisation that managed 21 schools in the city pulled out of its role.
EXCLUSIVE: London boroughs face £94m funding gap for SEN pupils
London boroughs are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as funding shortfalls meet increases in the numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), finance experts have warned.
London cannot continue to plug schools budgets with short-term fixes
Gerald Almeroth warns of a looming crisis in schools funding in London as growing shortfalls meet a continuing rise in pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN).
Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS
Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).
A matter of trust
Steve Crocker and Chris Whitehouse explain how the Isle of Wight, through its partnership with neighbouring Hampshire CC, has delivered dramatic improvements to its formerly failing services for children - without the need for a trust.
Time for some new school thinking?
At a recent The MJ round table, council chief executives and senior managers met to discuss the role of local government in schools and the changing landscape of the education system. Dan Peters reports.
School place shortage is at crisis levels
It is vitally important that greater collaboration between the private and public sector is fostered in order to face the uphill battle local authorities and schools have on their hands, wrights Mark Robinson.
Scrap private finance for public buildings, says Unite
Trade union Unite has called for the use of private finance to build public buildings in Scotland to be scrapped.
Impact of academisation on authority pension funds requires ‘radical measures’
Ministers have not ruled out ‘radical measures’ after a six-month review of the impact of academisation on council pension funds.
Budget 2017: Funding for new wave of free schools
Chancellor Philip Hammond has today confirmed a £320m funding package to build 110 new free schools.
Dan Corry looks at potential solutions to reinvesting in the buildings and equipment underpinning the country’s struggling public services.