Inflation and National Living Wage pressures to add £3.6 billion extra costs onto council budgets - LGA analysis
"Soaring inflation, energy prices and National Living Wage pressures are putting council services at risk. Budgets are having to be reset with potential cuts to the essential services people rely on, in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis."
Sharp rise in children with special needs approaching councils for support
The number of children in England approaching councils for special needs support has increased by almost a quarter in a year, latest figures reveal, with 170 young people now starting support plans each day.