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A family of five were forced to spend three years living in a single hotel room while their local council failed to help them find permanent accommodation, a watchdog said. Bristol City Council did not treat the family's housing and homelessness applications properly, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman…
More and more homeless people are becoming trapped in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs as councils fail to provide enough affordable, stable homes, a new report said. Seven out of 10 local councils in England surveyed by Crisis struggle to find stable social housing for homeless people in their area,…
Ealing Council has banned anti-abortion protesters from demonstrating outside a clinic which provides terminations to pregnant women. The council's cabinet voted unanimously in favour of allowing a Public Spaces Protection Order to create a protest-free safe zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Richard Bentley, managing…
The grandfather of murdered Ellie Butler said he is disappointed that social services and other agencies involved in the six-year-old's care have not faced criticism after an inquest into her death. Retired high court judge Dame Linda Dobbs concluded, after a two-week inquest which comes five years after the girl…
About 1.4 million council workers and school support workers are set to receive a 2% pay rise following a consultation with staff. Two of the three unions involved have accepted the offer, which will give some lower-paid employees a wage rise of up to 16% over two years. Unison and…
A west London council will vote on whether it will become the first in the country to create a buffer zone outside an abortion clinic to prevent patients from intimidation. Ealing Council has been exploring a range of options on how to prevent "intimidation, harassment and distress" for women using…
Cuts to local authority budgets mean councils are spending £137 a year less per head on average, new analysis shows. Figures from the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre, commissioned by Labour, outline changes in the real-terms total revenue per head figures for councils across Scotland between 2013/14 and 2018/19. The average…
Local authority spending on services for children and young people in England has fallen in real terms by almost £1 billion since 2012, Labour has claimed. The party released analysis suggesting that net expenditure on the services fell from £7.9 billion in 2012 to £7.6 billion last year. This cash…
A rough sleeping task force to cut the number of people living on the street is being launched as the Government promised to break the cycle of homelessness. Councils with high levels of rough sleepers will also be given cash from a £30 million fund, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.…
The care industry will be plunged into "crisis" if the Government does not step in to fund a £400 million back payment bill, MPs have heard. Ministers were warned that the decision of HMRC to pursue care providers for liabilities could result in a "rash of mini Carillions". The warning…
Council officials who claimed they have "worked our bollocks off" are resisting attempts to limit exit payments to £95,000, MPs have heard. Conservative former minister Sir Christopher Chope said the response from officials in Dorset when told about the plans by the Government was: "Bollocks." The veteran MP also declared…
Tory MPs have been accused of "laughing and sneering and smirking" at public services in crisis as the Government suffered a symbolic defeat on council funding. MPs backed a Labour motion which said local government "has severely suffered as a result of almost eight years of brutal and devastating cuts".…
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