Lack of capacity and performance risks children’s education

Data released today highlights the scale of the challenge faced by civil servants responsible for academies, along with better performance of council-maintained schools compared to academies in all areas of the country. Council leaders argue today that this suggests a serious lack of capacity and capability within the civil service to press ahead with the … Read more

New national service supports witnesses at home before trial

Children and victims of domestic abuse giving evidence as witnesses in court are among those who will now be able to get support before, during, and after a trial, Citizens Advice reveals today. The national charity, which provides free practical and emotional support for witnesses in all criminal courts across England and Wales through the … Read more

EU and Eastern Partners to step up cooperation on environment and climate action policies

First ever Eastern Partnership formal ministerial meeting dedicated to Environment and Climate Action. The first ever Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change took place today in Luxembourg with the participation of Commissioners Karmenu Vella and Johannes Hahn. The EU and the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) … Read more

Commission proposes first research partnership in the Mediterranean to increase food and water sustainability

Commission proposed first research partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean Area to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production. Today the Commission has presented a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area – PRIMA. The first partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean basin aims to … Read more

Managing migration effectively: Commission reports on progress in the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries

The Commission presents today its first progress Report on implementing the Partnership Frameworks with third countries: the EU’s new approach to more effectively managing migration jointly with countries of origin and transit is starting to yield results. Today, the Commission presents its first progress report on the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries to more … Read more

Local Charities Day: 16th December

Putting small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight. Government announces Local Charities Day will take place on 16 December 2016 Local Charities Day will celebrate small, local charities and community groups Minister for Civil Society encourages citizens to donate to local good causes through Localgiving’s ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign, which launches today with £245,000 … Read more