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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…
Social care providers are pushing up prices for private clients due to pressure from councils, MPs have warned. The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has revealed that 96% of people paying for their own care are charged an average of 43% more than the cost of state-funded residents in…
The NHS, government departments, schools, councils and other public sector organisations will have to publish information on any gender pay gap from today, in a move described by unions as a "start" in tackling discrimination. The new gender reporting legislation covers employers with at least 250 workers, extending to private…
Social care standards are being driven down by a lack of adequate funding, MPs have warned. The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee said the financial situation is now "very seriously" impacting on the quality and quantity of adult social care provision as it called for a major cross-party review…
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…
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