Scottish Borders social care switch recommended

BBC News | 30 October 2014

Care services for vulnerable adults in the Borders could be transferred to an arm's length organisation to help save £5.6m over five years. Councillors are being advised to approve the move which would go ahead in April next year.

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Report says child sexual exploitation ‘normal in parts of Greater Manchester’

The Guardian | 30 October 2014

Sexual exploitation of vulnerable children has become the social norm in some parts of Greater Manchester, fuelled by explicit music videos and quasi-pornographic selfies, an MP has warned.  

The systematic grooming of boys and girls remains a “real and ongoing problem”, a year after Greater Manchester police (GMP) was forced to admit it had failed abuse victims in Rochdale, said Ann Coffey, a former social worker who is now the Labour MP for Stockport. “My observations will make painful reading for those who hoped that Rochdale was an isolated case,” she writes in a significant report.

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Drug abuse rife in Dundee - but development worker suggests findings could be tip of iceberg

29 October 2014

A shock report has laid the extent of Dundee’s drugs problem bare — revealing four times as many people have died from drug abuse in the city than the Scottish average. And the figures show that on average, one in every 30 Dundonians takes drugs. Published by Public Health Information for Scotland — ScotPHO — the drugs profile claims the city fares significantly worse than the rest of Scotland when it comes to drug abuse.  

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