Assaults on public service staff inScotlandincreased by almost 2,000 to 25,157 cases this year, Unison figures have shown. The union called on the Scottish government to extend the Emergency Workers Act 2005 so that assailants can be jailed for up to nine months for attacking any public
Care pay warning
People paying for their own care often end up subsidising those whose care is paid for by councils, the Commission for Social Care Inspection warns. Councils are able to negotiate lower rates than
Byles denies halt
Partnerships for Schools has denied speculation the Building Schools (BSF) for the Future programme is being halted. Its chief executive Tim Byles said a consultation would consider the "best order" in which councils who have not yet had their secondary schools rebuilt would participate in BSF.
The Local Government Association has launched Local Democracy Week by sending council learning guides to every school in the country. An Ipsos MORI survey for the LGA showed just one in three
11-16-year-olds have ever met a councillor or MP.
Academy costs up
The cost of academy schools has not been kept under control, MPs on the Committee of Public Accounts have warned. In a report released today they said 17 of the first 26 academy buildings cost over£3m more than expected. However, GCSE performance had improved faster at academies.