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The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
Cash-strapped councils could see their funding halved over the next two years, "threatening the existence" of vital services, the Local Government Association has warned. Councils are facing a 54% reduction of £2.7 billion to their central government funding between 2018/19 and 2019/20. Rubbish collections, road repairs, child services and care…
A scheme to relieve pressure on local councils caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is set to be rolled out. Under new legislation the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which allows hard-pressed local authorities to transfer children to councils with greater capacity, will be extended to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…
A Tory former children's minister has demanded assurances from the Government that children's social care is being treated with the same level of importance as the care of adults. Tim Loughton cited rising numbers of children in care and higher thresholds for intervention as causes for his concern. Councils have…
A £72,000 cap on social care costs due to come into effect in four years will be scrapped, a health minister has said, as she confirmed plans for a new consultation. Jackie Doyle-Price said the Government would not be "taking forward the previous Government's plans to implement a cap on…
The amount of money people in Wales can keep when in residential care will increase from £30,000 to £40,000 from April next year, it has been announced. The move is part of the Welsh Government's commitment to increase the capital limit used by local authorities who charge for residential care…
David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the "huge" challenge funding social care for Britain's ageing population. The former prime minister - who has since become president of Alzheimer's Research UK - said a way had to be found to meet the "catastrophic"…
A couple have lost a family court fight over the care of a disabled grandchild they had looked after since she was a baby after a dispute with social workers. Social services staff said the 11-year-old girl was at risk of significant harm if she stayed with her grandparents, and…
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