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Elderly social care, energy prices and financial fraud must be top priorities for the next government to maintain consumer confidence and a thriving economy, a watchdog has said. Which? urged all political parties to address the "critical" consumer issues in the forthcoming election which are the cause of "significant detriment"…
A seven-year-old boy who stabbed Barbie dolls and made gestures to cut their throats should go into council care, a family court judge has ruled. The youngster arrived in the UK when he was three from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Judge Judith Moir heard. Social workers raised concerns about…
Police are investigating after a baby born prematurely died at the age of seven months while under a social services spotlight. The little girl was the subject of family court litigation, as a result of bosses at Lancashire County Council launching care proceedings, and detail of the case has emerged…
A new law requiring councils to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness is due to be introduced, but one charity is warning it should not be considered a "cure-all". The Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to stem the "rising tide" of people living on the streets by giving councils a legal duty…
A local authority has launched an investigation after a child wandered out of a council nursery. The four-year-old boy's mother found him walking in a nearby street as she was on her way to pick him up from Carleton Nursery in Glenrothes, Fife, according to reports. The child managed to…
A judge has decided not to name two adults given suspended jail terms for unlawfully contacting two children embroiled in family court litigation. Mr Justice Cobb, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, accepted that his decision was unusual, but said anonymity was in…
A council social worker who told a couple that it might be harder to place their baby son for adoption if he was christened has been criticised by a family court judge. She said adoption attempts might be hindered if the little boy, now about 15 months old, was "christened…
One in 10 councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter, a respected economic think tank has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that overall local authority spending on social care fell by 11% in real terms between 2009/10 and 2015/16. Their research…
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