Category Archive: Local Authorities

Dec 10

WALES/ENGLAND – Court orders return of ‘shaken’ baby to parents

Judge rules local authority has not proved case for care order on nine-month-old girl over bleeding on her brain   The Royal Courts of Justice. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian   A couple have won a high court fight to regain care of their nine-month-old daughter despite doctors concluding that the baby had probably …

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Dec 10

ENGLAND – Michael Gove tells Doncaster Council to work with commissioner

Ros Jones had asked the government to reassess its proposals for children’s services in the town   A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the transfer of Doncaster’s children’s services to an independent trust. In July Education Secretary Michael Gove said Doncaster Council would be stripped of control of children’s social care over a “legacy …

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Nov 18

ENGLAND – NHS Trust in court battle to sterilise disabled man

An NHS trust is fighting a court battle to sterilise a man with moderate learning difficulties.   The High Court Photo: Alamy A judge has been asked to decide whether it is in the man’s best interests to undergo surgical sterilisation by means of a vasectomy. No details about the man’s identity or the trust in …

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Nov 18

ENGLAND – Local authorities’ financial support of foster carers must not discriminate against family and friends

Fostering Network welcomes Court of Appeal judgment   The Fostering Network has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling that local authorities in England may not discriminate against family and friends foster carers in the financial support they provide in line with requirements previously published by the Government. Dismissing an appeal by the local authority in X …

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Nov 18

ENGLAND – Council takes two years to respond to complaint about children’s services

Authority to pay complainant £500 compensation   Derbyshire County Council has taken more than two years to respond to a woman’s complaint, despite assuring the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) three times that it would investigate. The LGO has now issued a report to make public the council’s poor handling of the situation and the recommendations …

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Sep 16

ENGLAND – Wasted costs order made against non-party local authority

LA directed to prepare section 37 report is ‘closely connected’ to private law proceedings Mr Justice Cobb in HB v PB [2013] EWHC 1956 (Fam) has made a wasted costs order against the London Borough of Croydon in what is thought to be the first reported case of such an order being made against a …

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