Hundreds of schools are preparing to offer free school meals to children aged four to seven. But is the scheme properly funded?
Teachers will join other public sector workers tomorrow in a day of strike action. Gemma Golds from Oxford explains why she's walking out.
UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections last night. But will Nigel Farage stand for Parliament in the south east?
It has cost nearly £5m and taken just under a year to complete, but now the makeover at Brighton's historic seafront arches is ready.
The new look will be officially revealed this afternoon - we speak to a local business about what they think of the new idea, including i360.
Hundreds of schools are preparing to provide free school meals for every child aged four to seven.
But some councils say they haven't been given the money they need to upgrade kitchens - one says they are having to make up a shortfall of three million pounds to ensure pupils get a hot meal.
Several schools elsewhere say they'll only be able to offer sandwiches because they don't have the space or right facilities.
Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.
The new Minister for Portsmouth has made his first official visit today following the cabinet reshuffle.
Matt Hancock has been visiting the city to announce a new £5 million fund o help companies develop cutting-edge technology for unmanned boats and submarines.
It's four years since the government scrapped a major programme to rebuild hundreds of schools. Some transferred to a replacement scheme, but for several in the region no plans have been drawn up - and they don't know when work will actually begin.
In total - 13 schools in poor condition are due to be rebuilt in Kent - they include Smarden Primary, Westlands Primary and Aylesham Primary.
Kent cabinet member for education, Cllr Roger Gough, says progress has been slow - and things would have progressed much more quickly if rebuilds had been organised locally.
The government though says work is ahead of schedule and all schools will be completed by 2017. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the conditions some school are having to cope with while they wait.
The country's "resilience" during the economic downturn "is being rewarded" after figures released today showed a fall in unemployment, Employment Minister Esther McVey said.
She said: "An important milestone has been reached in our country's recovery. With one of the highest employment rates ever, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.
"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.
"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that's creating growth and jobs."
David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.
The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".
Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.
It's a route used by more than a hundred thousand drivers a day. The Dartford Crossing is one of the biggest pinch-points for the south-east road network. Today the Government said it will do a detailed study of two final options for a new crossing over the Thames.
But some debate whether it's needed. David Johns reports, speaking to Roads Minister Robert Goodwill and Thurrock Council leader John Kent (Lab).
Thousands of public sector workers walked out on July 10th 2014 protesting over pay, pensions, workloads and cuts. They included firemen, teachers, healthcare workers, librarians and refuse collectors. Christine Alsford rounds up the picture in the South.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Government's economic prudence has allowed it to invest an extra £1.1 billion on "absolutely vital" defence.