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Ministers could bring in a commissioner to oversee children's services at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council after an Ofsted report found "serious concerns" about the department.Inspectors said children referred to social care services in the county were "not consistently or effectively assessed, supported or protected" in a letter to chief executive…
Drastic cuts to jobs and services are expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council, as councillors meet to consider an action plan designed to deal with a budget shortfall of up to £70 million. Proposals to be discussed at a special meeting of the authority on Thursday include an unspecified number…
A troubled county council has held an extraordinary meeting amid concerns that it will no longer be able to pay for services for vulnerable children and adults and meet its legal budgetary duties. Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council held the talks on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle the funding…
Court of Appeal judges say a man who was earlier found to have "sexually interfered" with his teenage daughter is owed an apology. They say "findings of fact" by a High Court judge must be "disregarded". Social services staff have been told to treat the man and the teenager's mother…
Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered commissioners to take control of a troubled Tory-run council. An independent report, published earlier this month, found Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) had "failed to comply with its duty" to deliver services and concluded it should be scrapped. Mr Javid, speaking in the Commons,…
A troubled Tory-run council "failed to comply with its duty" to deliver services and should be scrapped, independent inspectors have concluded. A Government report has recommended Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) be partitioned into two new unitary councils after the local authority revealed it was close to effective bankruptcy and was…
An elderly man died while waiting in an accident and emergency unit because of the "dangerous overcrowding of the department", the trust's medical director has said. An email leaked from Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust to the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said the patient died after going to A&E with…
A former Church of England priest who sexually abused boys has been put behind bars for a second time. Colin Pritchard changed his name to Ifor Whittaker after he was handed a five-year sentence at Northampton Crown Court in 2008 after admitting abusing two children in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, between 1979…
A Tory MP has branded his local Conservative-run council as "the worst run local authority in the country" as he renewed calls for Government commissioners to step in. The criticism by Philip Hollobone was followed up by local government minister Rishi Sunak, who said there were issues with governance and…
A cash-strapped council has imposed emergency spending controls after warning that it faces a "severe financial challenge". Conservative-controlled Northamptonshire County Council said it has issued a section 114 notice banning all new expenditure apart from statutory services for safeguarding vulnerable people. In a statement, the council said: "The notice has…
A care worker has received a police caution after shocking hidden camera footage showed her repeatedly slapping an elderly woman with dementia in her own home. Mega Nursing and Care confirmed it had dismissed employee Stacey George, 46, who was caught hitting Sabina Marsden, 78, at her house in Kettering,…
Sajid Javid has ordered a review into "allegations of failures in financial management and governance" at Northamptonshire County Council. On his first full day as the newly re-titled Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, he commissioned an independent inspection to better understand whether the authority is complying…
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