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LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

16.02.18: The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has today hit out at the Council of the Isles of Scilly for its belated response to a report highlighting injustices caused by the authority’s faults. The original complaint report was issued in Au...

Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

06.02.18: The housing and communities secretary has today revealed details of this year’s local government finance settlement, including £150m of extra funding for adult social care. Sajid Javid made the announcement this morning, while a...

‘Significant increase in the pace of change’ found in Norfolk council children’s services

22.01.18: Ofsted has improved the rating of children’s services at Norfolk County Council, removing it from intervention measures for the first time in five years. Most of the services provided by the council were rated as ‘requires impro...

‘Forgotten unemployed’ missing out on needed benefits

03.01.18: Many of Britain’s poorest people are missing out on benefits to which they are entitled, a report published this week has claimed. According to the report, “Falling through the cracks,” unemployed or very low earners are missi...

Labour: Universal Credit directly hitting councils

02.01.18: Labour’s shadow minister for employment has attacked the government’s Universal Credit policy, arguing it is forcing councils to “pick up the pieces” and prepare for further damage. Margaret Greenwood said councils a...

UC proposals will leave one million poverty-stricken children without school meals

19.12.17: Under the current Universal Credit (UC) proposals there will be a million children in poverty who do not receive free school meals, says the Children’s Society. As UC has been rolled out, all families in receipt of the benefit have be...

Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10.12.17: With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, tells PSE’s Josh Mines about his plans to stamp out rough s...

National Transfer Scheme extended to whole of UK

08.12.17: The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) will be extended to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis has announced. The voluntary scheme, which supports local authorities to transfer the care of unaccompanied children to another local aut...

London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

23.11.17: Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H & F) have launched “ethical debt collections” service in a bid to reduce costs to residents. The council are working with a private firm on the joint venture, setting out to both improve the...

‘Migration fund’ offers latest £18m payment to fund local integration

10.11.17: A further £18m will be available to councils across England as part of a wider government project to help alleviate the negative effects of migration. Housing, education and health services are all under increasing pressure from deali...

Benefits plans to force 1.2 million more children into poverty by end of parliament

02.11.17: Child poverty is set to rise across the UK if the government continues with its controversial plans for Universal Credit and benefits. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed that absolute child poverty would increase most in th...

Universal Credit placing ‘impossible bind’ on single parents

01.11.17: Unreasonable requirements placed on single parents by Universal Credit are driving more to debt and poverty, a charity has warned today. The message follows a report from national charity Gingerbread which argued that the criteria to claim...

Fixed odds betting review will ‘protect vulnerable people from harm’

31.10.17: Councils have applauded the government’s decision to review fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) as a move which could protect those vulnerable to gambling addictions. The machines currently allow users to spend up to £100 in one...

LGA: elderly people at risk if fire service funding is not increased

30.10.17: Councils have called on the government to increase funding to fire services in order to protect elderly people, who are more at risk of an accident. In the last two years there has been a 22% increase in the number of over-65s who have died...

Universal Credit responsible for rising rent arrears and food bank use, pilot council warns

24.10.17: The controversial Universal Credit (UC) system has forced more families into visiting food banks and has caused rent arrears to soar in its pilot borough. Southwark Council, the first to roll out the scheme, turned to the Smith Institute to...

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LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

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LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

16/02/2018LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has today hit out at the Council of the Isles of Scilly for its belated response to a report highlighting injustices caused by the authority’s faults. ... more >

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