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Nine out of ten councils are warning that a lack of adequate government funding could jeopardise vital reforms of the adult social care system due to commence in less than eight months' time. This provides a stark warning over councils' ability to implement the Care Act reforms, which are designed…
The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its eighth Town Hall Rich List, the Who’s Who of senior local government executives which details the job titles, full remuneration and many of the names of all local council employees whose remuneration exceeds £100,000. The Town Hall Rich List examines senior executive pay in…
A survey of senior local government executives and their full remuneration has been published by the The TaxPayers’ Alliance. In what is their eighth 'Town Hall Rich List', the Alliance said David Crawford, former Executive Director of Social Care Services at Glasgow City Council topped the earners list. Mr Crawford…
Council spending will have fallen by nearly 30% by the end of the current parliament as a result of government funding reductions, an analysis of expenditure by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found. The data, compiled by CIPFA and the Department for Communities and Local…
Councils are warning that changes to rules which govern how local authorities safeguard people receiving care and support could have a detrimental impact on the vulnerable and push social care further into crisis by diverting tens of millions of pounds from under-pressure budgets. A recent Supreme Court judgement could mean…
A drive to stop children going into care across Worcestershire is kicking off - amid hopes a shock 22 per cent rise can be slowed down. Worcestershire County Council has agreed a new strategy aimed at stopping the numbers of looked-after children soaring. The council has now endorsed a new…
Haringey Council’s children’s services department is making progress but still “requires improvement” according to a new inspection report from Ofsted. Giving an overall rating of “requires improvement”, the government inspectorate said: “There are no widespread or serious failures that create or leave children being harmed or at risk of harm.…
Essex County Council removed all of its residents from seven care homes in the past five years because of safety and welfare concerns, it has emerged. The details were published following a BBC Freedom of Information request to the county council. Some of reasons for the decisions involved patient neglect…
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its review of local government complaints for 2013/14. For the first time the report provides complaint statistics for each English local authority, all in one place. The LGO provides this information to councils each year in a set of annual letters. The report…
Slough Borough Council (SBC) will be stripped of its children's social services after independent report into failings was published yesterday. The Government has confirmed it proposes to strip the council of its powers over children's services and set up a trust to oversee improvements. Under Secretary of State for Children…
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work Services committee have reported a net overspend of £49,000 of the Social Work Services budget for 2013/14. This figure is much improved on the preceding year which saw an overspend of £359,000 with the council calling it a “considerable achievement by the Social Work…
A mother is suing a Welsh council after a judge ruled the authority had acted unlawfully by keeping a nine-year-old boy in foster care. The child was placed in care by Anglesey council while his mother was receiving psychiatric treatment. But when his mother was released, social services refused requests…