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‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19.02.19: Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshire to the health secretary Matt Hancock. Clini...

Supreme Court to hear care workers' case in £400m Mencap sleep-in battle

18.02.19: Low-paid social care workers have won the right to appeal against a decision not to pay minimum wage to carers performing ‘sleep-in’ shifts following a ruling by the Supreme Court. The decision means social care workers will be...

Dundee ‘sick to the teeth with austerity’ as council propose multi-million cuts to staff and services

13.02.19: Dundee City Council has put forward proposals to save £9m a year from its budget with plans to axe principal teachers in secondary schools and introduce new charges. With the council facing a budget blackhole of £19m prior to th...

Cuts of £82m approved at Surrey County Council as plans to close children’s centres move forward

06.02.19: Surrey County Council has approved cuts of £82m in its budget plans for 2019-20 which will see 31 children centres across the county close. Councillors approved the budget yesterday as Surrey leader Tim Oliver declared that “not...

‘Inadequate’ plans to build new mental health hospital next to primary school to be reconsidered by council

05.02.19: Exeter City Council has apologised for an “inadequate” consultation into plans to build a new independent mental health hospital next to a primary school which failed to properly consider the safety of children. The council has...

More children ‘exposed to neglect or abuse’ due to government’s failures in understanding surge in children’s services

25.01.19: Children in need of help or protection are being exposed to neglect, abuse, or harm because of the Department for Education’s (DfE) lack of action and failure to understand the factors behind rapidly growing demand in children’s soci...

Norfolk County Council rubber-stamps plans to close 38 children’s centres amid fierce protests

23.01.19: Controversial proposals to close 38 children centres in Norfolk have been voted through by councillors after a six-hour meeting at County Hall. Protestors turned up outside the meeting, campaigning against the plans to close the majority of...

Greenwich Council criticised by High Court judge for ‘basic’ social care failings in adoption case after ‘serious and significant data breach’

22.01.19: A High Court judge has slammed Greenwich Council’s social services at its staff failed to carry out “basic core social work” in an adoption case and forced an adopting family to move after their address was sent to the birth fa...

Herefordshire children’s services to be reviewed in wake of ‘appalling’ High Court rulings on ‘serious and serial’ failings

21.01.19: Children’s services at Herefordshire Council are to be reviewed following an extraordinary council meeting in the wake of two “appalling” High Court rulings which found the services were failing children “on a serious and...

Liverpool council to hire 160 new staff in ‘unprecedented’ investment in children’s social care

21.01.19: Liverpool City Council has pledged to hire 160 new staff as part of an £8m restructuring in a “radical new approach” its children’s social care services. Under its budget proposals for 2019-20, the council wants to h...

Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services avoids ‘inadequate’ rating

17.01.19: Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services have broken a decade of ‘inadequate’ ratings after Ofsted inspectors recognised standards have been revitalised since the launch of the council’s Birmingham...

Ombudsman slams Norfolk County Council over failings in special needs provision cases with compensation paid out

16.01.19: The local government ombudsman has reprimanded Norfolk County Council over its provision for children with special educational needs (SEN) after upholding 11 complaints against the council in the last two years. The ombudsman said the numbe...

Norfolk council proposes closing 38 children centres in updated proposal following backlash

15.01.19: Around 70% of children’s centres in Norfolk are set to close despite major opposition to the closures, with Norfolk County Council now proposing to shut eight less centres than originally planned. Norfolk County Council has stated it...

A healthy state of affairs at Chesire East Council

02.01.19: Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, explains what the Skills for Care graduate management programme could mean for the adult social care workforce. Recruiting into adult social care is a big challe...

The scale of Surrey Heartland's ambition

02.01.19: Director of transformation Sarah Parker and executive director of public health Helen Atkinson discuss the challenges Surrey Heartlands has faced as a partnership, and their role in supporting the whole system in its successful journey towards d...

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Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

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‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

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‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

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A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee who paid herself more than £40,000 in universal credit payments has pleaded guilty to fra... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

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Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

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‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19/02/2019‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshir... more >

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Acas and the people's powerhouse

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Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

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Creating powerful partnerships across the North

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

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