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Senior politicians should take a pay cut in order to free up money to preserve youth services, Conservatives at a council in England have proposed.

A council is to invest money in an overhaul of its children's centres and libraries that will see the two services share premises in at least four areas to deliver long-term savings.

An overhaul of the way councils report children's services spending to ministers is needed as the current system is too burdensome and offers little value, a study has suggested.

A charity that uses sport to help unemployed young people find work, education and training opportunities has been handed £1.2m to help expand its reach this year.

Birmingham children's trust to launch April 2018

By Neil Puffett |

16 January 2017

A new independent trust to run children's services in Birmingham will officially launch in April 2018, with the organisation taking the form of a company owned by the council, rather than an employee-owned mutual, it has emerged.

Staff at 'inadequate' council to strike as DCS quits

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 January 2017

Children's services staff at a West Yorkshire local authority have voted to go on strike at the end of the month, with the announcement coming just hours after it was confirmed that the council's director for children's services (DCS) had quit her role.

CYP Now's top 10 stories of 2016

By Adam Offord |

19 December 2016

With the UK voting to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister and government installed, policy u-turns, and an influx of children and families from war-torn Syria, 2016 has been a turbulent year. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website over the past 12 months.

Jobcentre Plus advisers in schools are in high demand ahead of a national roll-out in three months time, according to a study.

Youth mentoring programmes in England are to share more than £3.5m in a bid to support thousands of young people who are at risk of disengaging from education.

Doncaster's 'inadequate' rated children's services - run by an independent trust for the past two years - is continuing to improve, Ofsted has said.