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Hundreds of thousands of youngsters were referred to children's services last year - the equivalent of one every 49 seconds, town hall chiefs have warned. Social workers are working hard to investigate concerns and keep children safe, but more money must be pumped into councils to help cope with demand,…
Sajid Javid has ordered a review into "allegations of failures in financial management and governance" at Northamptonshire County Council. On his first full day as the newly re-titled Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, he commissioned an independent inspection to better understand whether the authority is complying…
Local authorities are to be allowed to raise council tax by up to 5.99% next year, after a further relaxation of the Government-imposed cap to address shortfalls in funding for social care. But social care service leaders branded the move "woefully inadequate", while the Local Government Association (LGA) said it…
A Tory MP has urged ministers to consider "centralised funding" of social care in a similar system to the NHS. Huw Merriman made the call as he highlighted the situation in his East Sussex constituency, where large numbers of people spend their retirement. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the proposal…
Plans to give local authorities the power to raise council tax by an extra 1% will generate only a fraction of the funding shortfall in social care, a senior Labour MP has claimed. Clive Betts said the proposals unveiled by ministers would raise £250 million next year, while the Local…
Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard. Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care chief executive, told a Holyrood committee the cash was a "conservative" estimate of the extra money required in the next three years, with more than £300 million expected to be needed next year.…
An NHS Trust whose chairman resigned in protest at Government funding has been put into special measures. The former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, quit as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in south London on Sunday, warning that the health service could not continue "staggering…
Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
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