The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning forecasting strong winds of up to 80 miles per hour on Thursday 23 February 2017 as Storm Doris passes through West Lancashire. The strongest winds may only be short-lived, but damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to […]

Storm Doris: Safety advice for residents and Ormskirk Market is ...


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust confirmed today that the disciplinary appeal hearings in respect of allegations against the former Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, and the former Director of Human Resources, Sharon Partington, have now concluded. The independent panels that heard the appeals determined the original decisions to dismiss should […]

Outcome of executive disciplinary appeals


Responding to a report by the National Audit Office on capital funding for schools, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils have a statutory duty to ensure every child has a school place available to them but are under extreme pressure to accommodate […]

LGA responds to NAO report on capital funding for schools



The new social care common inspection framework will take effect in April 2017. A range of children’s social care settings will be subject to the same social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) from 1 April 2017, Ofsted announced today. Last year Ofsted published a consultation on the principles for children’s social care inspections, […]

Ofsted launches new social care common inspection framework



The Department for Education, working with local authorities and schools, has created a large number of new school places and is making progress in improving schools in the worst condition, but significant challenges remain, according to the National Audit Office. Between 2010 and 2015, the Department and local authorities created […]

Capital funding for schools