Local Authorities

Is 'No S**t Sherlock!' Appropriate For Council Posters About Dog Poo?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

"No S**t Sherlock!", the new slogan for a local anti-dog mess poster campaign, has been causing a stir at council meetings and on social media. San...

Consistency and Quality of Information Needed By Children's Homes From Local Authorities

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Just days after Michael Gove's recent comments about local authorities and other agencies supporting children's homes new research shows that the consistency and quality of information given by councils to children's homes providers needs urgent improvement.

Residential Child Care Providers' Response to Secretary of State

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers, Local Authorities and Government are united in the aim that the right placement is made at the right time for the right child at the right cost. If are to match the Secretary of State's ambitions we need to be bold and address all the issues we face reforming not only children's homes but Children's Services more widely.

How Can We Raise Standards in the Private Rented Sector?

Dr Jonathan Carr-West | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK
Dr Jonathan Carr-West

There is no one-size-fits-all model of engagement with the PRS. Rather, councils should be given the freedom and capacity to respond to the needs of their local area. We hope these recommendations will prompt further discussion and lead to new conversations with the sector.

Break Down the Barriers Blocking Disadvantages Families' Access to Children's Centres

Matthew Reed | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

The early years of every child's life are crucial to their development. That is why The Children's Society runs a network of children's centres across the country which provide support to families with children up to five years old.

Spending Review: Investing in Museums Makes Economic Sense

Stephen Deuchar | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Stephen Deuchar

Museums are a UK success story. Half the population visit them annually - they're even more popular than football matches. Museums contribute hugely to jobs and the visitor economy, as well as providing education and pleasure: eight of the top 10 visitor attractions are museums.

Assessing Risk of Child Abuse Is Not a Numbers Game

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Gove and his department must take a serious look at their policies to prevent such cases passing through the net.

Do You Need A phD To Understand Parking Signs? (POLL)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK

Motoring organisations have criticised local authorities for using parking signs that "require a PhD to understand". Giving evidence about parking ...

All I Had Was a Problem and a Laptop, But I Won the Battle for My Son's Education

Stacy Stafford | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stacy Stafford

Aaron spent two happy years at the school and settled in well. He thrived in its challenging environment, made lots of new friends and formed bonds with his teachers. Then, in the middle of 2012, the Council told me that they wanted to take Aaron out of his school.

Ministerial Proposals Are Good News for Children Missing From Care

Matthew Reed | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Matthew Reed

Going missing is a critical warning sign that something is wrong in a child's life. Yet evidence revealed that professionals are often slow to respond. This is exacerbated by professionals too often viewing children as the problem - routinely dismissing them as 'troublesome' or 'streetwise'.

Councils Defy Pickles To Put Up Tax

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Councils are in revolt over government attempts to force them to freeze council tax, a survey shows. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has offered...

Honesty and Practical Politics

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Being honest about the limits that face us but having a clear set of priorities shaping our actions allows for a more honest, more human and more humane politics to be shaped.

Is It Only Jam Tomorrow for Disabled People?

Clare Pelham | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

The shocking truth is that at this moment, nearly 70,000 disabled people in this country do not receive care that meets their basic needs, such as washing or dressing, or eating a hot meal every day.

How Long From Bed to Front Door?

Clare Pelham | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

Ask your friends and colleagues how long it takes them every morning from the unwelcome alarm to the clunk of the front door closing behind them? The answers can illuminate their world view in an intriguing way.

When the Bough Breaks...

Phil Shanks | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

The range of needs met through supported housing is indeed diverse and the challenges vary across the country. Leaving the task of allocating resources to local authorities makes sense.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

Time for Local Community Leaders to Collaborate and Put Place First

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In 2013 and over the next few years, I predict that many places will regret the abolition of their LSPs and other places will be creating new local partnership and collaborative arrangements. What they are called is of little matter but what they can achieve can be very significant and relevant to local communities, businesses and citizens. And surely that is the whole point?

Councils Abusing Anti-Terror Laws To Catch.. Dog Owners And Smokers?

PA | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Politics

Powers designed to combat terrorism and serious crime have been used to catch dog owners whose pets fouled the streets and to investigate breaches of ...

Pushed Down The Agenda: How Cuts Are Putting Children At Risk Of Expolitation

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics

Thousands of children are being put at risk of “horrific” sexual exploitation as budget cuts force the issue down the agenda, Barnardo’s has war...

Pensions Debate: If Only We Knew Then...But Didn't we?

Phil Shanks | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

I have been watching the debate on the future of public sector pensions with two hats on: the one of a self-made entrepreneur and the other as a member of the Greater Manchester Superannuation fund; a frozen relic of my time in Local Government.

Good Children's Services Provided By 'Most' Local Authorities...But What About The Rest?

PA | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The majority of local authorities are providing good services for children and young people, according to new figures from the education watchdog Ofst...

Localism: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Paul Scully | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Politics
Paul Scully

You may assume that the Daily Mail would welcome George Osborne's announcement that Council Tax would be frozen for the second year in a row. In an in...

Primary Schools 'Forced' To Teach Sex Education

Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Some primary schools are being forced by local authorities to teach sex education to their pupils, a report has claimed. The research, published on...

Schools Should Favour Poor, Says Sutton Trust Report

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Schools should give priority to children from poor backgrounds in an attempt to further social mobility, a report by the Sutton Trust said on Friday. ...

David Cameron Breaks His Sure Start Promise - New Statesman

www.newstatesman.com | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Politics

Freedom of information requests by the New Statesman to the Department for Education, however, have found that 31 of the centres have closed since May...