Category Archives: Adult Social Care

Whitehall orders Camden to take charge of children’s services

An independent commissioner has recommended that Croydon’s crisis-hit children’s services department needs outside help, after failures of leadership and management. WALTER CRONXITE reports Pressure continues to mount on Tony Newman, the council leader, after the Department for Education last night … Continue reading

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Newman’s Christmas choice: more cuts or 6% Council Tax hike

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the new ‘independence’ that Croydon’s leaders has been given to add £100 to Council Tax bills next year Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, and his deputy, Alison Butler, were out with other … Continue reading

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Ombudsman rules council neglected Down’s Syndrome woman

A Government Ombudsman ruling will see Croydon Council pay nearly £5,000 to a family after it was found to have failed in his duties to a young disabled woman. This is the second finding of this kind against the council … Continue reading

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Council criticised by Ofsted stages modern slavery conference

Croydon, where the council’s children’s services department is being carefully monitored by a government-appointed commissioner following “inadequate” findings by Ofsted inspectors, is to stage a conference on modern slavery next week. One of the more worrying findings of the Ofsted … Continue reading

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Union leader: ‘Our social services are on their knees’

There is a crisis in the nation’s social care system after “years of chronic underfunding” which has “left many parts of the service on its knees”, according to the head of one of the country’s largest public service workers’ unions. … Continue reading

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Our three-year battle to secure education for our SEND son

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In the past couple of weeks, Croydon Council’s press office has issued releases about a £1million grant for families of looked after children and a “virtual reality roadshow to let shoppers experience how autistic people can feel”. Yet … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘Rottweiler behaviour’ sent carer to brink of suicide

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last week, we reported how the Local Government Ombudsman had found “a catalogue of unacceptable failings by London Borough of Croydon, which has left a family stretched to breaking point”. Here, in a shocking criticism of the way … Continue reading

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