Conservative-led Worcestershire County Council has been ordered by a Government-appointed commissioner to hand over its children’s social care department to an outside operator. The council has until December to look at possible options. For more detail on the story see

This instruction comes after an inspection by Ofsted found “widespread and serious failures” and service was given an inadequate rating in January. The report stated that “inconsistent leadership and an insufficient number of staff at all levels contributed to a fundamental weakness in practice”.

Local Labour parties in Worcestershire have campaigned against the Council’s underinvestment in, and poor management of, childrens services. This latest news is further evidence that the Tories have not only jeopardised our childrens future but are also cost the tax payer more in trying to resolve the issues they caused.

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