News round-up 14/9: Kerswell under fire
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The Daily Mail covers former Kent CC managing director Katherine Kerswell’s move to the civil service (see LGC’s version of the story here.)
Describing Ms Kerswell as a “fat cat,” it says she “caused anger” when she “walked away [from Kent CC] with a £420,000 pay-off.” It says Ms Kerswell’s £142,000 salary in her new post as the Cabinet Office’s director general for civil service reform is “just £500 less than the Prime Minister.”
The headteacher of an academy school rated as outstanding by Ofsted has been suspended pending a police investigation into “serious allegations” of financial irregularity at the school, the Guardian reports.
It says Jo Shuter, head of Quintin Kynaston school in St John’s Wood, north London, has claimed the allegations are “malicious and vindictive.”
The Independent reports that all local services could eventually be outsourced to private companies, according to a report by think tank Localis.
Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin welcomed the report, stating that he believed that “15 or 20 years from now, we will find a Britain in which people can’t imagine how things used to be so centralised”.
However, Unison condemned the proposals, highlighting the recent failures of the private sector in providing public services, the paper says.
Children in care
Speaking on the Today Programme, Jim Sullivan, co-chair of the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA), said local authorities were now being asked to place children closer to home. He said some children were placed regionally, but some children needed to be placed further away from home for their own safety.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership faced new pressure last night as 14 MPs backed calls to remove him, reports today’s Independent. It says the group wrote to the chairman of the 1922 Committee asking for a leadership challenge.
South Yorkshire Police have announced their intention to refer the Hillsborough case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Guardian reports.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a councillor who said a minefield should be planted around a travellers’ site has “been told to attend equality training.” It says the South Cambridgeshire DC councillor Mervyn Loynes (Con) was investigated after making what council leader Ray Manning (Con) described as a “silly remark in private.”