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News round-up 26/2: 'Forgotten scandal' of dementia sufferers

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government

Social care

Older people with dementia are enduring a “forgotten scandal” of mediocre care in care homes according to the Alzheimer’s Society and the thinktank the King’s Fund, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says as many as 8 in 10 care home residents have dementia or severe memory problems, and although they have their basic needs met there is little attempt to enrich their lives.

 

National Health Service

Conservative MPs will today demand the resignation of NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says about 20 MPs are expected to sign an early day motion tabled by the Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie calling for “accountability” over the Mid Staffordshire crisis.

 

Economic recovery

Chancellor George Osborne has said poor lending decisions by British banks before the financial crisis have had a “significant” impact on the economic recovery, days after the UK was stripped of its triple A credit rating, writes the Financial Times.

 

Newham Council

A former council worker will be stripped of his OBE after being involved in a fraud that cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says Peter Nicholson, 58, former head of youth offending services at Newham LBC, led a “gang of tricksters” who claimed wages for “ghost” employees – stealing nearly £300,000 to pay for his holidays. 

 

Eastleigh by-election

 The Liberal Democrats remained confident of victory in the Eastleigh by-election as a new opinion poll suggested the contest could offer party leader Nick Clegg an electoral lifeline, says the FT. A poll gave the Lib Dems a five-point lead over the Conservatives, although Ukip is putting in a strong showing in third place.

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