The education landscape that councils will face will be radically different in 2015.
1,500 academies and 24 free schools are in place already, and the possibility is that most secondary schools will be academies by the next General Election.
I have yet to meet anyone who wants to see the tide reversed [...]
The relationship between councils and schools is changing dramatically.
Regardless of whether they are converting to become academies, all schools are taking on more responsibility for purchasing the services they want, setting their own curriculum and retaining more of their own budget.
The Government’s policies are in danger of fragmenting the school system. The [...]
There will be no more central government money for local government in 2012 or for the next few years. The Conservative-led Coalition has made that abundantly clear. Indeed, there is a really serious risk that as the economy fails to grow and as other pressures build on the public finances the Government could cut its [...]
Planning and Development in County Durham: Cllr Malcolm Clarke
The Localism Act, which is now law, represents a significant shift in the macro strategies surrounding local community development. Whilst attempting to sell the benefits of this bill, the government filled their narrative with lots of PR-friendly terms that talk of returning the local decision making power back to the local people and away [...]