At the Executive Scrutiny Board last night ( 9th October), one of the many subjects on the agenda was “Improving Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision in Derby”. A comprehensive document which […]
70%+ don’t support Special Educational Needs proposals, resulting in little change to school places. What was the point?
In November 2017 the Council issued a consultation document on the strategy for Special Education Needs (SEN) children. Whilst the plan maintained annual funding, which is substantial at £55m pa, there were […]
Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School, shortlisted for a national special educational needs award
PRESS RELEASE A Derby woman is putting on her glad rags and heading to London for a glitzy awards ceremony, after being shortlisted for a national special educational needs award. Karen Brownhill, […]
Libraries Strategy ; the floundering, failing policy and the forgotten Council staff who continue to wait for their future.
The Council’s Libraries Strategy has run aground! Despite overly positive rhetoric from Council Officers about how well the Libraries project is doing, the evidence does not bear this out at all. At […]
Sinfin Incinerator : The Conservative Council fail to seize the opportunity in the 1st major public test of the administration.
The latest opportunity to terminate the Sinfin Incinerator contract was defined, to the exact date ( 30 September 2018), nearly 9 years ago. It was not a surprise to anyone. The position […]
Labour leader Cllr Lisa Eldret hears of rats, flies, vile smells, noise, respiratory conditions, toxic emissions…around the Sinfin Incinerator plant.
As I reported last week in the article “Council has ‘right to terminate’ Sinfin ‘Incinerator’ contract on 1 October 2018. Time to be decisive!” the moment is fast approaching when Derby City Council […]
A52: There were clear warning signs of a massive overspend in January 2018. Why didn’t Council Officers spot it?
Of the total £14.9m budget for the A52 Improvement project, £9m was allocated for the main construction works, contracted to Galliford Try. Galliford was appointed in October 2017 with a view to […]
Council has ‘right to terminate’ Sinfin ‘Incinerator’ contract on 1 October 2018. Time to be decisive!
By the end of this month, the contractor for the Sinfin Incinerator (Sinfin Lane), Resource Receovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd (RRS) will have failed to have secured the Completion Certificate for the plant. […]
A report to be presented to the Cabinet next week on the A52 cost overrun and delays, makes enlightening reading. It is only an interim report, despite the expectation that, after 3 […]
Universal Credit Full Service came into operation, in Derby from 11th July 2018 and is applicable, initially, to those making new claims, or changing circumstances. The remainder will be migrated across shortly […]
The proceedings against The Hairy Dog resulted from an “Application for a Review of the Premises Licence” under the Licensing Act 2003; this was brought by a Senior Environmental Health Officer employed […]
In January 2018, the previous Labour administration presented to Full Council a “balanced budget” for 2018/19, and 2019/20. This meant that in-year expenditure on all services, would be covered by available Government/Council […]
Council Officers are proposing a reconfiguration of the service provision for Derby City Council Children’s Homes. This will be presented to Cabinet today and was subject to a cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board […]
On 19th June, Ranjit Banwait contacted IMPRESS ( press regulator) formally complaining about the article I’d written on 25th May – “Ranjit Banwait takes legal proceedings to over-turn election result” The article […]
Next week’s Cabinet meeting will receive the 2017/18 Derby City Council “Annual Performance Results” which will declare that 94% of the Council pledges were either “completed or ‘on track’” in that year. […]
One of the Conservative administration’s manifesto commitments was to do a Deep Clean of the City – today was the first day of that process. Mid-afternoon saw the turn on of the […]
Executive Scrutiny Board examines the £12m budget gap: a different way of planning, or a total surprise?
In a previous article “The £12m gap in next year’s Council budget is more concerning than the A52 overspend. The financial planning system is “out of control”.” I reported on the latest […]
The Council’s Executive Scrutiny Board should be wary of the “airbrushed” report on the Special Educational Needs statement conversion programme. “All that glitters is not gold”.
Tomorrow night, Council Officers will be presenting a report to the cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board on “Transfers from Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)” which […]
Council’s Labour Group struggling with being “in opposition” and scoring many “own goals” in the process.
At the first Full Council meeting of the new municipal year, and with a new administration in place, there was an opportunity for the conduct of the proceedings to be different – […]
The £12m gap in next year’s Council budget is more concerning than the A52 overspend. The financial planning system is “out of control”.
At the Cabinet Meeting next week the new Conservative administration will present its proposed Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2019/2020 to 2022/2023. The plan reveals a significant gap between expected spend and […]