Baby Peter triggers massive rise in workloads; Suffolk care cuts

Suffolk County Council faces cutting care services

Suffolk County Council faces having to cut adult social care services or raise council tax by 4 per cent to fund Gordon Brown’s plans.

With one of the highest elderly populations in England, Suffolk is typical of a council hard hit by the proposed changes in funding of personal care for the elderly. It has been told it will have to find at least £3.8 million in efficiency savings this year to fund the scheme.

Read more in The Times

Social services ‘failed autistic boy killed with bleach’

Neighbours claimed police had promised them two years ago that the 12-year-old boy and his brother would be taken into care after they raised concerns about the children’s safety. But on Tueday, 12-year-old Ajit Singh died in hospital after an “ingestion of caustic liquid”.

Read more in The Telegraph

Baby Peter case triggers massive rise in workload for care workers

Children involved in care and divorce proceedings are being failed by the Government agency responsible for protecting their interests in court, it is claimed today.

A dramatic increase in child care cases and resignations among frontline social workers has led to severe delays in reports reaching the courts, the trade union Napo alleges.

Read more in The Independent

Mandelson denies Labour abandoning pledges to increase spending

Lord Mandelson insisted yesterday that Labour was not backtracking on pledges to increase spending this year despite earlier indicating that the public sector would face cuts in 2010-11.

Read more in The Times

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