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An audacious "high-stakes" criminal conspiracy which defrauded NHS hospitals, councils and the Guernsey government out of £12.6 million, and funnelled cash overseas, has been smashed by police. An organised crime network targeted 22 mostly public bodies in a divert fraud, with the dirty money transferred to international accounts and laundered…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has published details of its latest inspection of learning disabilities services in Pembrokeshire. This latest report follows on from an inspection (in December 2015) which found some significant shortfalls and the local authority developed an improvement plan to tackle the issues raised.…
A mother-of-two accused of being part of a "family network" of "Isis extremists and sympathisers" has won a High Court fight with council social services bosses. Council chiefs wanted a judge to bar the woman from taking her children, who are six and three, abroad. But Mr Justice MacDonald, who…
The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has quit after a barrage of criticism for its response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Nicholas Holgate said the Communities and Local Government Secretary had "required the leader of the council to seek my resignation" on Tuesday. He added in a…
Reform of social care must not be "swept under the carpet" campaigners have warned, as ministers promised to consult on the way the system is funded. Downing Street insisted Theresa May remained committed to facing up to the challenge of caring for a rapidly ageing population. However the Conservatives were…
Wrexham County Borough Council is to produce an improvement plan for its children’s services in response to a new inspection report published by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) this week. Inspectors found that the local authority has recently improved its information and advice service in response to…
A significant case review into the death of a toddler murdered by his mother and her civil partner has found "missed opportunities across services" which could have "potentially prevented" the harm he suffered. However, the independent review found Liam Fee's death "could not have been prevented" and his mother and…
Public sector workers have seen their incomes fall "drastically" because of the Government's cap on pay rises, forcing many to cut back on food shopping, a study shows. A survey of 6,500 workers by Unison also found that just over half had borrowed money from family or friends and one…
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