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The Government is being urged to reverse the benefits freeze and two-child limit in a new report, which suggests ministers are in denial about the proliferation of extreme poverty in the UK.

The education secretary is inviting schools and local authorities to put forward ideas to improve the funding system for pupils with SEND.

Lambeth Council has approved the closure of five of its children’s centres, while those in other parts of the country are also under threat.

Under-fives living in disadvantaged areas are to benefit from additional help with their early speech and communication skills, as part of a £6.5m investment from the DfE.

A new one-year programme from the Early Intervention Foundation will look at how to improve outcomes for children in five areas.

The Local Government Association says it is 'inevitable' councils will be forced to close more children's centres unless the Government provides extra funding.

According to the Children’s Society, thousands of families in financial crisis are missing out on vital support due to Government funding cuts which has seen crisis support scaled back.

The Scottish Government has been accused of not adequately preparing for the delivery of the 1,140 hours of funded childcare by opposition MSPs.

Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi will announce later today that the Department for Education will provide an extra £24 million for maintained nursery schools to plan for the 2019/20 school year.

Children in the most deprived area of the country have seen a huge improvement in their outcomes at the end of the EYFS following a major programme of targeted Government investment.