Stat of the month: 50 shops leased by disability charity Scope were not accessible to disabled people in defiance of requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The King’s Fund announced Sir Derek Wanless would lead an inquiry into the long-term funding of older people’s social care. His report is expected in March 2006.
Stat of the month: King’s College London researchers say there was an 82 per cent increase in overseas social workers entering the UK between 2003 and 2004.
Stat of the month: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister estimated there was a shortfall of 4,500 pitches for travellers in England.
Stat of the month: 20,000 council social care staff were off sick for a period of two or more months during 2004, according to a Community Care survey.
The barrister for the family of Zahid Mubarek, the young offender murdered by a racist at Feltham Young Offender Institution in 2000, told the inquiry into his death the prison service showed “no remorse” over the killing.
Stat of the month: 300 African boys went missing from London school registers between July and September 2001, the Metropolitan Police said.
Lisa Arthurworrey, Victoria Climbi’s social worker, was removed from a list of people considered unsuitable to work with children.
Stat of the month: There were nearly 8,000 objections to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence draft guidance for the NHS to stop prescribing four drugs to treat Alzheimer’s.
A leaked copy of the youth green paper revealed that local authorities could be required by law to provide positive activities for young people.
Stat of the month: Less than 1 per cent of charity trustees are under 24 and nearly three quarters are older than 45, according to the Charity Commission.
Stat of the month: The number of alcohol-related deaths rose from 5,525 in 2000 to 6,544 in 2004, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Leaked proposals from the Learning and Skills Council revealed plans to stop funding personal care for people with learning difficulties in residential colleges.
Stat of the month: Only 150 social workers have so far benefited from the government’s key worker affordable housing scheme.
Stat of the month: Only half of parents with learning difficulties look after their children (Adults with Learning Difficulties in England, Department of Health).
The Association of Directors of Social Services called on councils to oppose section nine, the policy that removes benefits from failed asylum-seekers who do not take steps to leave the country.
Stat of the month: More than one-third of under-17s with Asbos had a diagnosed mental illness or learning difficulty, the British Institute for Brain Injured Children said.
Stat of the month: Only 730 private fostering arrangements in England were recorded by councils, compared with campaigners’ estimates of 10,000.