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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…
A failed asylum seeker who is facing expulsion from Britain even though a family court judge has decided that her nine-year-old daughter could be subjected to female genital mutilation if taken abroad is waiting for a senior judge to make decisions about her future.Detail of the case emerged recently following…
A jailed sex offender was given the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has been reported.The man, who was reportedly part of a grooming gang, was contacted in jail by a council who gave him a chance to seek…
Cuts to smoking cessation services, sexual healthcare and obesity services are "misguided", Labour has said.The party said that reductions in spending on public health in England are "shortsighted" and will put additional strain on the NHS.It comes after it published new analysis on the amount of money spent on public…
Cash transfers should be given to Scotland’s poorest families to help them cope during the school holidays, a poverty commission has recommended.A report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted low income families face a number of pressures during holiday periods, ranging from food insecurity to a lack of opportunities…
The costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities is projected to increase by almost £2bn by 2025 – with England’s largest councils warning that unless these ‘enormous’ costs are recognised, the ‘long-term’ survival of councils is at risk. The County Councils Network (CCN) has released analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP…
One of the biggest home care providers in England is looking to transfer or sell its contracts after concerns were raised over its financial viability.Allied Healthcare said on Friday that warnings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had "negatively impacted" their operation.The company said a number of customers had transferred…
The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased for the 10th year in a row.According to statistics released by the Department for Education (DfE), at the end of March this year there were 75,420 looked after children in England, up 4% on the previous year (72,590).This represents…
All bodies involved in the integration of health and social care services need to work together better if it is to make a “meaningful difference” to people in Scotland, according to a report.A new publication from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found there is still a long way to go…
Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is facing a potential funding gap of more than £500 million, the Local Government Association estimates.The services in England face a projected shortfall of £536 million - more than double the gap they faced the previous year, according to interim…
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