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Andrew Lowe, director of social work at Scottish Borders Council, is to retire. Mr Lowe, who suffered a heart attack in March last year, said he has struggled to maintain health and fitness since, and that his decision was tinged with “great sadness” after nine years with the local authority.…
Essex County Council has responded to the media reports concerning the delivery, without the mother's consent, of a baby by caesarean section and the child's removal into care of the local authority. Essex County Council said it had "exhausted all other options", such as liaising with the mother's extended family,…
A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section. Essex social services obtained a High Court order for the woman to be sedated and her baby daughter to be taken from her womb and taken into care. The baby was then put up for adoption. All this…
Councils, the NHS and other public bodies have saved an estimated £1 billion with the loss of 26,600 full-time workers over the last four years, according to a report. But the public sector will "need to make further workforce changes" because of financial pressures, public spending watchdog Audit Scotland said,…
Falkirk Council faces a bill of £200,000 after being told to beef up its online security systems by the UK Cabinet Office. Local authorities across the country have been warned by Westminster to ensure that all council-issued laptops. mobile phones and desktop PCs are sufficiently protected to ensure confidential data…
The Evening Standard has today reported increasing questions over the role of Lambeth council in the “slaves” case after claims that social workers missed “multiple” opportunities to rescue the youngest alleged victim, known as Rosie. Social services were first alerted 15 years ago, when police asked them to pursue suspicions…
Home care staff from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council have staged a protest outside council offices at proposals to cut back the services. Around 50 staff members gathered outside the council headquarters in anger at plans to outsource the remaining 25% of home care that its Social Services department controls. Staff…
Birmingham City’s council leader demanded a face-to-face meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw (pictured) following his comments branding the city a ‘national disgrace’ over its failure to improve child protection. Council leader Sir Albert Bore has asked the chief schools inspector to Birmingham ahead of the imminent inspection of…
Statistical manipulation disguises the fact that disabled people are being hit the hardest by cuts to benefits and services, by Simon Duffy
A SOCIAL worker has slammed the Royal Borough's plans to replace employees with agency staff as the deadline for controversial new council contracts looms.
THIRTEEN Oldham careworkers faced disciplinary action in 2011-12, and three were dismissed. The figures were revealed in Oldham Council’s adult social care services annual report.
Staff at a Scottish council will “take whatever action is necessary” to thwart an attempt to cut mileage rates below the HMRC approved level.
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