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Devon County Council leader John Hart has been told to “get to grips” with spiralling costs after a £6.9 million overspend was revealed just weeks ahead of plans to axe £25 million from the annual budget. The Conservative authority spent an extra £6.1 million on adult and child protection, including…
Some 3.5 million children – over a quarter of all children –  currently live below the poverty line in the UK. And this has a devastating impact on their lives. Children growing up in poor homes are more likely to die at birth or in infancy than children born into…
Councils have been warned against locating vulnerable children far from their homes, as residential care reforms increase scrutiny on town hall decision-making. Regulation changes set for introduction at the end of January will permit only senior council officials in charge of children’s services to place young people out of a…
Controversial proposed council cuts, one of which a charity warned could set back community based social care in Norfolk by at least 10 years, will be considered by councillors for the first time next week. Norfolk County Council has proposed £140m worth of cuts and savings over the next three…
Dorset County Council is planning to transform the way it delivers adult social care in a bid to save £7million. The directorate is to carry out a 'radical review' of all its operations with a focus on helping more people live independently. Cabinet member for adult social care Jill Haynes…
Surrey County Council’s director of adult social care has stepped down from her post for “personal reasons and by mutual consent”. Sarah Mitchell left the county council on December 31 after making “very significant” contributions to health and social care in Surrey since she became head of the department in…
Dorset County Council is planning to transform the way it delivers adult social care in a bid to save £7million. The directorate is to carry out a ‘radical review’ of all its operations with a focus on helping more people live independently. Cabinet member for adult social care Jill Haynes…
About 150 community care jobs could be cut if Coventry City Council plans to save £5m are agreed next year. It is expected 100 of the job losses would be from care workers who provide support for elderly people. The service, currently run by the Labour-led authority, would instead be…
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for long-term ‘sustainable funding’ for adult social care. In the wake of the announcement of the local government finance settlement yesterday, the LGA said the Better Care Fund (BCF) failed to address the challenges facing councils and clinical commission groups in 2015/16. The…
Social worker Dorothy Lowe’ Bamidele has been struck off the HCPC Register for using her procurement card for personal purchases whilst working for Oxfordshire County Council. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Dorothy Lowe’ Bamidele used her procurement card, which was to be used for…
Croydon council is set to slash more than £17m from its yearly budget, axing jobs and millions of pounds of spending on health and social care. Elderly care, retirement housing schemes and nursing placements have been identified as key areas for costcutting amid a squeeze on council funding by central…
Kent County Council has confirmed that the axe will fall on twelve of the county’s children’s centres and further twenty see their hours cut. For those that will close, services currently delivered will be switch instead to alternative local venues such as village halls and community centres. The plans, which…