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Unions have attacked the Chancellor for "letting down" millions of public sector workers over the controversial cap on their pay. Philip Hammond raised the prospect of increases for NHS staff, but only if productivity is improved. Unions representing other public sector workers including council staff, civil servants and teachers have…
The family court judge who ruled that Elsie Scully-Hicks could be adopted by a fitness instructor who murdered her should publish the reasoning behind the decision, a campaigner says. Former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming says the judge who decided that Elsie could live with Matthew Scully-Hicks, and husband Craig…
Three sisters are taking legal action against a council over claims they were abused by their foster parents for nearly two decades. The siblings say they were "beaten and abused" by John and Alma Cassidy during the 1990s and 2000s. According to the Daily Record physical attacks are said to…
Millions of rural residents receive almost 50% less funding for their public services compared to their neighbours in England’s largest cities, leading to calls for an end to the postcode lottery of government funding and for a ‘new deal’ for county areas. Collectively, England’s 37 county areas received £3.2bn less…
The Government could deliver a £31 billion boost to the economy over five years by abolishing 201 district and borough councils in England and handing over their powers to county halls, a new report has said. The report from think tank ResPublica calls for the abolition of the historic two-tier…
The Government has been accused of "dragging its feet" after it delayed publishing proposals to reform adult social care until next summer. First Secretary of State Damian Green said ministers wanted to "take the time needed to debate these complex issues". Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a green paper on reforming…
This report provides an overview of the evaluation of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme in England 2014 to 2016. The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme aimed to: increase the quality of services so that children who need help from the social care system have better life chances help local…
Labour would spend around £17 billion a year extra on the NHS, social care, schools and local government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. The extra spending would be paid for by tax rises for corporations and "the rich", set out in the "grey book" that accompanied Labour's General Election…
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