Thursday, 18 December 2003

Hackney Worst Council in England

From the Evening Standard:

Hackney is the worst council in England for the second year in a row.

The east London borough, run by a directly-elected Labour mayor, has again come bottom of official league tables.

It is classed as "poor" by the Audit Commission alongside Lambeth, Waltham Forest and seven other local authorities in England.

But it is the only council to get only one point - the lowest possible score - for both its ability to improve and the quality of its services.

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Friday, 24 October 2003

Criticisms over baby's death

From the BBC:

Social workers at an east London council have been criticised by a judge who heard that a baby died only six days after it had been taken off an "at risk" register.

Tyrell Rowe, who was 19-months old, died in hospital on 17 October from brain damage after being repeatedly punched in the face.

The Old Bailey heard that after his death a number of other broken bones were discovered which had been caused in the previous two months.

Hackney Council social services had been supervising the baby, but had not examined him during that period.

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