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A Commission set up to examine public services in Wales has published a report outlining fundamental changes to structures, roles and programmes across the public sector. The Williams Commission’s report has proposed four options for future local authority reorganisation reducing the number of local authorities across the country from 22…
More than 100 job cuts, a reduction in adult care and children's services and council tax rises are being considered by East Sussex County Council. The authority is also considering increasing council tax for the first time in four years, either by 1.45% or 1.95%. As well as the proposed…
There were more than 100 complaints about the Children and Young People services at Neath Port Talbot Council in a seven month period. Between July 2012 and January 2013, 114 complaints were received, the Social Care, Health and Housing cabinet board heard. However, of those, 105 complaints were resolved at…
A total of 89 experienced social workers are being sought to take over from agency staff in Northamptonshire’s children’s department. The department employed large numbers of agency staff to help meet high caseloads but cost-cutting measures mean the council is looking to employ its own staff. With permanent staff cost…
Town halls could soon run out of cash unless more government funds are ploughed into social services for the elderly as hospital A& E departments face a growing crisis of admissions. The warning comes from the London Assembly’s budget chairman John Biggs, who represents east London with its growing elderly…
Social worker Ruth Hughes has been suspended for failing to follow safeguarding procedures and maintain accurate records. A panel of the Health and Care Professions Council conduct committee also found that Hughes failed to act in a timely manner and communicate effectively with her colleagues whilst working in the Learning…
Social work budgets in the Borders are under increased pressure due to the number of children needing residential care or accommodation in secure units. Councillors have agreed to set aside £450,000 from reserves to tackle the issue in the coming financial year. It comes from a variety of uncommitted or…
Social worker Michael David Andrew has been struck off for misconduct while working for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. The decision by a panel of the Health and Care Professions Council's conduct and competence committee resulted from Mr Andrew’s failure to safeguard a service user from serious harm. Mr Andrew also formed…
Adults in Northamptonshire who are looked after by social services, are to be given ‘debit cards’ to pay for their care. The pre-paid cards will replace direct payment by the local authority for services such as home help, rehabilitation and transport. Up to 14,000 adults in Northamptonshire, mostly pensioners, will…
Local councils should take action to improve the delivery of integrated health and social care, the LGA has urged. This week the association published a new toolkit to help commissioners and providers to achieve this. In partnership with the NHS, care organisations across the UK and Integrating Care, the LGA…
Social care services in Liverpool will be reduced by a quarter as a result of £156m of cuts over three years. Mayor Joe Anderson said some mandatory services would be cut by 25% - including adults and children's social care, environmental health and refuse collection. Liverpool faces its "biggest budget…
Care workers at Scotland’s largest council have gone on a two-day strike over changes to pay and conditions. Trade union Unison said its members were striking after they failed to reach an agreement with Glasgow City Council over new shift patterns. It said the changes will lead to pay cuts…