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A troubled county council has held an extraordinary meeting amid concerns that it will no longer be able to pay for services for vulnerable children and adults and meet its legal budgetary duties. Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council held the talks on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle the funding…
The Home Office's handling of more than 1,000 lone child refugees living in the Calais "Jungle" when it was dismantled has been branded a "shocking denial of children's rights". In a ruling on Tuesday, Court of Appeal judges said children who were refused entry to the UK from the makeshift…
Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation on how best to support the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled and how…
An emergency payment scheme for homeowners flooded during Saturday's heavy downpours in Northern Ireland has been opened. Belfast International Airport recorded more rainfall than the average for the whole of the month. Some homes in Muckamore in Co Antrim were inundated and an estate in Lurgan in Co Armagh was…
A cap on care fees should be set as low as £50,000 to allow most people to benefit, new figures from England's largest councils show. The cap on care costs is intended to allow pensioners to pass on an inheritance after paying a limited amount for social care in their…
A troubled county council has issued a second order to confine spending to "only the most essential services" amid fears that its budget shortfall could reach £70 million this year. Government-appointed commissioners were sent in to run Northamptonshire County Council earlier this year after it issued a "section 114" notice…
Social workers are on high alert to check on people having difficulties in the heat, council leaders said. But the Local Government Association (LGA) also urged the public to check on vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends. The LGA urged people to take health precautions in the heat. As…
A baby suffered serious injuries when his frustrated father forced a bottle into his mouth while trying to settle and feed him, a family court judge has decided. The boy was left with a fractured thighbone and torn frenulum, the piece of skin between the lip and the gum, Judge…
The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, between 2006 and 2011, Poole Borough Council did not do enough to protect them as children…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
A father and his three-year-old daughter who were separated for months while he was detained under immigration powers are to receive £50,000 damages from the Home Office. Approving the settlement of the judicial review claim at London's High Court on Wednesday, Judge Blair said that the eventual reunion of the…
A council worker has embraced his new-found fame as Harry Kane's doppelganger. Danny McLaughlin says he gets stopped in the street by people mistaking him for the England footballer and has even missed trains because 'fans' are begging him for a picture. The 26-year-old, who lives in West London, told…
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