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Conservative plans for councils to recoup the care costs of elderly people from their estates after they die may flounder due to poor-performing local authorities, a former pensions minister has warned. Sir Steve Webb, who was a Liberal Democrat minister in the coalition under David Cameron, said there were wide…
There’s a common myth that does the rounds in the run-up to all elections. We’ve all heard it: the belief that the work of local authorities grinds to a halt in a bid to remain independent and unbiased so that we don’t fall foul of the Purdah Police! “You must…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has raised concern after a High Court judge barred journalists from identifying a woman who has been remanded in custody as a result of social workers raising safety concerns about her three-year-old daughter. Mrs Justice Parker, who is based in the Family Division of the…
The author of a major review of social care has accused the Conservatives of failing to tackle the central problem in the sector with their landmark plans for reform. Sir Andrew Dilnot (pictured) said the proposals show a "less than full understanding" of the problems of social care and would…
Vacancies for jobs including scientists, nurses and other healthcare workers are lying unfilled for months, highlighting the shortage of skilled staff in the UK, a report reveals. Research by jobs site Adzuna found that a fifth of science jobs and one in 10 healthcare and nursing vacancies remain on offer…
The independent inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales is looking at "tens of thousands of pages" of information about any potential failures to protect children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils alone, its counsel said. The scale of the task of officials currently trawling through information,…
A mentally ill 60-year-old woman who wants to leave supported living accommodation and go home has lost the latest round of a court fight. The woman, who has been diagnosed as having schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, is embroiled in a dispute with council social workers over where she should…
Politicians must "fully commit" to funding children's social care ahead of the General Election, local government leaders have said. Pressures facing children's services are becoming unsustainable, with a £2 billion funding gap expected to open by 2020, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) shows. It says the gap will…
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