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Homecare contracts providing services for just over 200 people in the Broadland area of Norfolk are to be re-let after Care UK and Norfolk County Council agreed to terminate their contracts in that part of the county. The decision follows a re-emergence of some of the organisational problems that occurred…
Local authorities in England will need to make huge savings before next April, equivalent to 12.5% of their total budgets, according to a new report. They face a funding gap of £5.8 billion between March 2014 and the end of 2015/16, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) found. The…
For more than two years, Knowsley MBC did not follow proper planning, review and assessment processes for a young man living in supported accommodation, a Local Government Ombudsman investigation has found. The man, who is in his 20s, has autism, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour and had been living…
Some Scottish councils are charging terminally ill people for personal care when they should get it for free, according to the charity Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. Personal care, provided by local authorities for people who need it at home, can include help with washing, feeding, dressing, toileting and getting in…
Bedford care professionals focused on keeping a man with mental health problems in his own home at a cost to his health and welfare, an investigation has found. The joint investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman into Bedford Borough Council and South Essex…
Two thirds of council leaders expect many local authorities to end up in financial crisis next year, according to the latest survey of local government confidence. The Local State We’re In report, published by PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC), revealed nine out of 10 council leaders and chief executives believe that some local…
Social care in Gloucestershire is being targeted by the county council which said it wanted to cut £75m from its budget over the next three years, according to the BBC. Although the authority has made £114m of savings since 2010, a new spending plan has now been drawn up for…
Wolverhampton City Council has been ordered to train all 6,000 of its staff in data protection in the next 50 days or be prosecuted for contempt of court. It comes after a blunder by a social worker which saw highly sensitive information released to a third-party. The order by the…
The standards which set out what social workers should expect from their employers have been revised and re-launched by local authorities, the Local Government Association (LGA) announced yesterday. The Standards for Employers of social workers have been re-developed to give social work employers and those working in social work access…
Milton Keynes Council has been criticised by a top judge for unlawfully removing a frail pensioner from her son’s care due to social worker’s concerns about her welfare. District Judge Timothy Mort said the council was guilty of a “deplorable” failure in delaying the investigation of concerns about the octogenarian.…
UNISON has decided to ballot 600,000 local government and school members for strike action after 70% of members rejected this year's pay offer in a consultative ballot. The pay offer would mean around 50,000 of the lowest paid local government workers receive a rise that is slightly above inflation. However…
A Walsall man has been given no option but to live in an extra care housing scheme – and pay care charges for a service he neither used nor wanted, a Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) investigation has found. The man, who is in his mid-sixties and has complex multiple health…