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A £10,000 donation has been given to Westminster City Council as part of a new scheme to combat loneliness, help rough sleepers and provide training for young people.The donation was given to the Westminster Community Contribution Fund, a scheme allowing high earners within the Band H tax bracket to pay…
The UK Government will not allow Holyrood ministers to pay £65 settled status fees for European citizens who are working in Scotland’s public services, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The First Minister has already promised her government would pick up the cost for NHS staff and other public-sector workers who have come…
Council social services bosses have apologised after a High Court judge criticised their handling of two cases involving children.Mr Justice Keehan complained of "incompetence and serial failings" by staff at Herefordshire Council in the handling of a case involving twins.Lawyers representing each twin had alleged breaches of the human right…
A social worker appointed to represent the interests of two children at the centre of complex family court litigation has come under fire from a senior judge.Kailash Chudasama had acted as the children's "guardian" and been appointed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) - whose…
Young people's futures are being put at risk because of cuts in youth services, including hundreds of job losses, a new report warns.Unison said almost 900 youth worker jobs have been axed since 2016 and more than £13 million has been sliced from youth services across the UK.At least 160…
A campaigner has raised concerns after open justice rules were broken when council social services bosses tried to have a man jailed for contempt of court.Former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming (pictured) says the case, which was heard in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Wednesday,…
Council bosses are to pay for a deep clean of a couple's home after concerns were raised about the conditions a toddler was living in.The child lives with relatives, and social workers had considered asking a family court judge to place the youngster for adoption.But social services bosses have drawn…
A deal has been struck to help avoid disruption to vital home services to 13,000 elderly and disabled people, it has been announced.Privately-owned CRG, a leading home care, healthcare, social care and education staffing business, has acquired troubled home care provider Allied Healthcare.CRG group chief executive Ian Munro said: "The…
Ministers have been urged to review cuts to sexual health budgets by the first MP to announce that he has HIV during a House of Commons debate.Lloyd Russell-Moyle (pictured), Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, said he felt he had to speak out about an issue which affected him personally.He is…
Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have increased by 45% in the past 12 months, figures show.Some 4,246 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2017/18 compared with 2,921 in the previous year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).The latest total is the highest since records began…
A council facing severe criticism for inviting a serial rapist to take part in legal proceedings about the future of a child he fathered with one of his victims says it is seeking urgent clarity from the government.Rotherham Council responded after campaigner and survivor of the town's child exploitation scandal…
Council lawyers have halted a bid to jail a man alleged to have breached orders relating to his children after a family court judge complained of incompetence.Judge Gareth Jones said lawyers representing social services bosses had made at least six procedural errors when stating the case against the man.He said…
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