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The government has pledged to plough £50m into bolstering early years provision in disadvantaged areas, as part of an action plan to improve social mobility.

Council spending on children's centres and early years support has fallen by nearly £700m since 2010, analysis of government figures shows.

The government's flagship Troubled Families programme is successfully reducing the number of children deemed to be in need support from local authorities, according to emerging evidence.

More than one in three health visitors say they are so overworked since councils took over responsibility for their service two years ago that children's safety is being put at risk.

An additional 8,000 two-year-olds will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare under proposals to overhaul the eligibility arrangements, the government has said.

All four members of the board of the Social Mobility Commission have quit in protest at a lack of support from government.

A third of primary school reception class children are failing to meet their expected levels of development, a report by Ofsted has found.

Every local authority should develop its own strategy for improving life chances for disadvantaged children in order to tackle widening gaps in social mobility across the country.

Children's sector leaders have hit out at the lack of additional funding in the Budget to address pressures in schools, social care and youth services.

A long-promised government consultation on the future of children's centres appears in doubt after children's minister Robert Goodwill failed to commit to it during a parliamentary debate.