Concerns over inspections in early years settings

13 August 2013

Ofsted inspections of early years provisions have come under fire recently, with critics claiming that the judgments are inconsistent and that inspectors lack specific knowledge of the sector, even though Ofsted is planning to introduce tougher inspections in the sector in November.

Red buses are greener than Apples

22 May 2013

Buses may typically be greeted with sighs from other motorists — but, having zoomed ahead of business strongholds Apple and Google in sustainability performance, they are actually more friendly than one might think.

Health Select Committee finds CQC failing in some areas

18 January 2013

The Health Select Committee has published its annual accountability report on the Care Quality Commission (CQC), concluding that the regulator has not yet successfully defined its core purpose or earned public confidence.

Child poverty affecting children’s life chances

20 July 2012

In the week a new survey discovered that a family of four requires £37,000 per year to achieve a good standard of living, children’s charities warned the Government that low household incomes can lower a child’s life chances.

CQC publishes first issue of quarterly Market Report

11 July 2012

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its first issue of a new quarterly report based on the results of unannounced inspections of over 14,000 locations, which reveals patterns of compliance in England's health and social care services.

A look behind the employment figures

15 February 2007

Employment figures published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show an increase in the number of people in employment, a drop in unemployment and a fall in the rate of average earnings growth. But the headline figures mask some less healthy labour market conditions, according to an analysis by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).