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The council at the centre of a row over allegations of a "sweetheart deal" on finance plans to leave the umbrella body for local authorities. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge (pictured) has written to the Local Government Association (LGA) giving 12 months' notice of his intention to quit the…
Wales Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced the Welsh Government will invest an additional £20m in social care in 2017-18. The extra funding is on top of the £25m for social care provided to local authorities through the Revenue Support Grant and £10m to help meet workforce cost pressures in…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has criticised a family court judge for failing to publish a ruling in a case in which a Polish woman whose teenage daughter went into council care was found to be in contempt of court. John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in the family justice…
A High Court judge has criticised council social services staff over their care of a sick 15-year-old boy. Mr Justice Hayden said the teenager suffered from a variety of medical problems and had been placed at a residential unit under the care of Westminster City Council some months ago. But…
Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found. Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5%, as councils take full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with…
A new report from the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University highlights how taking a performance management approach can help Councils deliver outcomes and better manage demand in adult social care. The paper, co-authored by Visiting Professor John Bolton (pictured) and IPC Assistant Director Philip Provenzano, provides…
A council which failed to alert border agencies when a mother took her children to Australia without their father’s consent, has been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) to pay the father’s expenses to return them. Somerset County Council first became aware of the family when the father visited…
This case study highlights good practice in taking a wider system approach to planning for the future accommodation needs of an ageing population in Powys. It describes the approach taken by Powys and its partners to developing a comprehensive understanding of the current and future accommodation based needs of its…
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