CALL FOR CANDIDATES TO BACK REGENERATION OF MARKET TOWNS

Headlines: April 26th, 2010

General election candidates are being asked to make a personal commitment to measures to revitalise and regenerate small towns. Action for Market Towns made the plea and said market towns could hold the key to the poll.

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FIGURES SHOW RISE IN DEMAND FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES

Headlines: April 23rd, 2010

Social workers dealing with cases of neglect and child abuse have seen a dramatic and sustained rise in the numbers of cases at the “front door” of safeguarding services in the past two years. Research carried out for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services shows that cases where staff have had to investigate and identify possible harm to children have risen by more than 20 per cent.

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CHURCH CALLS ON COUNCILS TO HELP AVERT CRISIS OVER BURIAL GROUNDS

Headlines: April 23rd, 2010

Local authorities in Wales are facing a call for a co-ordinated approach to providing and managing burial grounds. The Church in Wales says such an approach is the only way to prevent a crisis in the next ten years.

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COUNCILS URGED TO JOIN OPEN ELECTION DATA PROJECT

Headlines: April 22nd, 2010

Local authorities are being encouraged to join a drive to make local election results readily available online. The call has come from Socitm and the Local Government Association both of which are backing the Open Election Data Project.

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MOST POPULAR LIBRARY CELEBRATES ‘HAT-TRICK’

Headlines: April 22nd, 2010

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library has been named Britain’s most popular for the third year in a row. Latest figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy show that more than 1.5 million people visited the library in the year up to March 2009.

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COUNCILS URGED TO ACT TO ENSURE POLLING STATIONS ARE ACCESSIBLE

Headlines: April 21st, 2010

Local authorities are being urged to act immediately to make sure polling stations are more accessible. The disability charity, Scope, has warned that some people may find it difficult to vote in next month’s elections but said it was not too late for councils to make a difference.

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CAMPAIGN WANTS DECADE OF RADICAL REFORMS IN LEARNING

Headlines: April 21st, 2010

A campaign has been launched to persuade the next Government to make radical reforms to learning in Britain. The Campaign for Learning has issued a series of recommendations to be implemented over the next ten years.

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LGA PLEDGES TO HELP DONCASTER IMPROVE AFTER DAMNING REPORT

Headlines: April 20th, 2010

The Local Government Association has said it will work with Doncaster Council to ensure local people get a better deal after a damning report from the Audit Commission. The Communities Secretary, John Denham, has said he will use his statutory powers to intervene in the running of the authority.

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WARNING ON PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS IN POST-ELECTION PUSH TO CUT SPENDING

Headlines: April 20th, 2010

Human resources professionals are warning that a rush to cut the public spending deficit after the General Election could threaten Britain’s economic recovery. The CIPD has also warned that slashing the deficit would risk a sharp rise in unemployment and that one in ten public sector jobs could go.

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COUNCILS WANT CLEAR GUIDANCE ON DIET FOR UNDER FIVES

Headlines: April 19th, 2010

Council regulators say a lack of clear guidance about a good diet for the under fives is the reason why even the best-intentioned nursery schools sometimes give children the wrong proportions of food and nutrients. A two-year study by LACORS, part of the Local Government Association Group, found none of the nurseries which volunteered to be involved were managing to meet all of the current guidelines although many were putting a lot of effort into providing healthy menus.

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