All square in ‘local derby’

Easter weekend’s football match between Northern Premier League teams Coalville Town FC and Skelmersdale United FC had an added competitive edge for one local business. Vitax Limited, whose manufacturing facility is based opposite Skelmersdale’s stadium, travelled down to meet colleagues from its head office in Coalville, to watch the ‘local’ derby. Vitax’s head office is … Read more

Doctors advised to be cautious when asked to declare patients’ fit to run marathons

Doctors are being advised to be cautious and not feel under pressure to act outside of the limits of their competence when asked by patients to declare that they are ‘fit to participate’ in marathons and other sporting events. This follows a number of enquiries from GPs to the Medical Protection Society (MPS) about whether … Read more

Series of inspections to focus on children living with neglect

The six joint targeted area inspections will involve Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HMI Constabulary and HMI Probation. A new set of inspections will examine how local partner agencies – including local authorities, health and probation services and the police – are working together to protect children living with, or at risk of, neglect. The series of … Read more

Most primary pupils get the school place they want

Nearly 98% of primary school starters are getting a place at one of their preferred schools this September. Figures for primary school admissions show that 89% will get their first preference and 8.5% will go to schools which were their second or third preference. Just over 2% of children have been allocated places at other … Read more