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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…
A toddler was taken into care after doctors said she was suffering "chronic malnutrition", a family court judge has heard. Medics said the little girl was 14 months old but was as heavy as a six-month-old baby. They said she had difficulty using her facial muscles and her legs were…
An elderly woman has died after a fire at a sheltered housing complex in Aberdeenshire. Police and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to a report of a fire in Nether Davah House on Golf Crescent, Inverurie. Emergency services said the fire, which broke out at 5.35pm on…
Children's services for those most at risk are on a "dangerous footing" charities have warned, with Government cuts being blamed for funding being slashed. Councils have had less money to spend on early intervention services since 2010, a joint report from three leading children's charities said. Children in the most…
New bosses at a council children's services department which was criticised by inspectors face an enormous task, a family court judge has said. Ofsted rated Gloucestershire County Council's children's services department "inadequate" in June. Local family court judge Stephen Wildblood says it is important that new interim managers get "every…
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