Some of Britain's most eminent academics have rallied against the government's erosion of council power over education.
The New Vision Group has launched Letters to the Prime Minister, a book of essays attacking the centralisation brought about by policies, including the creation of city academies, that have seen local government bypassed.
Britain's 'hidden army' of school-aged carers have lost out in the move to children's departments.
Statutory children's services have moved towards an 'almost exclusive focus' on child protection work, while adult social services are 'routinely not orientated to identify and act on the needs of the whole family', according to the Education Network report Young Carers.
Councils' environmental health and building control IT is to be graded 'minimum', 'progressing' or 'excellent'. The grading will be based on standards drawn up by the Planning & Regulatory Services Online national project.
All but four Scottish councils have nominated schools for the executive's schools transformation programme.
Over 40 schools are now in the running for the Schools of Ambition scheme, under which each one receives improvement funding of at least£100,000 a year.
Education minister Peter Peacock said the programme is 'for schools wishing to truly extend themselves, wherever they start from'.
A Norfolk parish councillor has been disqualified from office for four years by the Adjudication Panel for England after an altercation at a meeting in 2003 for which he received a police caution.
Graham Hancy, a co-opted member of Banham PC, was found to have brought the council into disrepute by launching a tirade against a member of the public.