Academies leech millions
Academy conversions have cost English councils £32.5 million since 2010, newly released figures show.
Local authorities have to cover the costs of conversion and pay off debts left behind by schools converting.
This could have been spent on state-run schools.
Care services are inadequate
Nearly half of social care services inspected in the past year by the Care Quality Commission watchdog were failing.
Some 41 percent of services, including hospice and residential social care, were inadequate or required improvement.
Rich still live longer than us
The gap in life expectancy between rich and poor in England has barely changed in 25 years, said a new study.
The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors found the richest men live 8.2 years longer on average than the poorest.