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Around 40 per cent of councils across England have not signed up to a voluntary scheme to take child refugees from other areas, amid concerns that central government is not providing enough funding to cover the true cost, a report has revealed.

Child poverty hits highest level in decade

By Tristan Donovan |

22 March 2018

The number of children living in relative poverty has risen for the third year running, taking it to its highest level in a decade, government figures show.

The government has dismissed calls from an influential group of MPs for an urgent review of the youth criminal records system to take place.

Timpson takes up children's commissioner advisory role

By Neil Puffett |

31 January 2018

Former Department for Education minister Edward Timpson has been appointed to advise children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield and could be in line for a future government role, it has emerged.

Damian Hinds announces education drive for disadvantaged areas

By Neil Puffett and Megan Agnew |

19 January 2018

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards by supporting underperforming schools and increase opportunities in areas most in need.

Schools 'failing young carers', claims Barnardo's

By Neil Puffett |

06 December 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's has claimed schools are failing young people who care for sick or disabled family members.

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

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.

Asylum-seeking children funding rates set for review

By Neil Puffett |

01 November 2017

The amount of money councils receive from central government to cover the cost of looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children will be reviewed, it has been announced.

Inflation and the current benefits freeze are widening the gap between what families with children have and what they need to cover the basic costs of living, a Child Poverty Action Group study has claimed.