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first_imgA local authority is facing claims that it is breaching the rights of disabled teenagers by denying them the support they need as they prepare for the transition to adulthood.The claims come from the grandmother of a disabled teenager, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman published a highly critical report into the failings of Labour-run Croydon council.The ombudsman found that the grandmother, Mrs A, had been “stretched beyond capacity” after the council’s children’s services left her without any respite care for two years in 2015, following years of repeated calls for an improved package of respite care as she struggled to care for her grandson on her own.His care package ended suddenly in 2015 when his school said it could no longer meet his complex needs – he has very high support needs and life-threatening epilepsy – and she was left with no respite at all.But Mrs A, who has been caring for her grandson since her daughter died in 2004, also complained to the ombudsman about the council’s failure to plan for her grandson’s transition to adult services, and to complete his education, health and care plan (EHCP), which would lay out his support package up to the age of 25.As well as finding against the council over its failure to provide suitable respite provision since 2015, the ombudsman said Croydon was at fault for failing to transfer her grandson to an EHCP within the statutory timescales.Mrs A told Disability News Service this week: “There is a severe problem in Croydon and we are just the tip of the iceberg.”She has spoken to many other families in the borough who have faced a similar refusal by the council to provide the services they need – including further education funding – as their disabled child turns 18.She also said that advocacy and advice services for carers in Croydon have been “overwhelmed” by the demand for their services, because of the council’s rejection of so many requests for post-18 funding.She said that other families had just “walked away” from council services because it was “easier to just go without”.She said: “For me, that is a deep injustice. There are some very, very vulnerable families in Croydon because they just don’t have a voice.”She said the ombudsman’s ruling was a “significant victory”, following several years of an “uphill battle” with the council.She believes that the council ignored what she sees as its duty to safeguard her much-loved daughter’s two children, who were left grief-stricken and vulnerable by her sudden death nine years ago.A council spokesman claimed there had been a national increase in the number of children with special educational needs that councils had to support since the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the introduction of EHCPs, which had been reflected locally.He said: “As such, our provider of special educational needs information advice and support has mentioned they are receiving more calls and referrals than previously, but has not indicated this is more than they can cope with.”He claimed that each request for an EHCP was “reviewed and treated on its own merits” in “close liaison with families and providers”.He said: “We always plan for the best possible outcomes for each young person, with a focus on employment and independence in or near the young person’s local community.”And he said the council followed the relevant codes of practice “to ensure that there has been due regard to young people’s and parental preferences where possible and that education provision is suitable and an efficient use of public resources”.He said the council was “extremely sorry for the distress caused to the family” and had “accepted and acted upon the ombudsman’s findings”.The spokesman said the council was “working towards having a much more structured transition in place when disabled children move into adulthood”, which would “ensure that no one slips through the net and all families are able to get the help they need”.The council has also set up a parents’ reference group “to support regular consultation and the development of a co-production approach to future special educational needs and disability provision planning”.A spokeswoman for the ombudsman said she was unable to comment on whether it was investigating similar cases against Croydon council.But Michael King, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said in a statement: “This case involves a catalogue of unacceptable failings by London Borough of Croydon, which has left a family stretched to breaking point.“Even before the respite package came to an end, this family was struggling.“The grandmother made repeated calls for extra help and yet she was left to cope alone with her teenage grandson where ordinarily he would have had one-to-one specialist support at school.”The council has agreed to apologise to the family for the failures identified in the report.It will pay Mrs A and her grandson £5,000 each for the harm caused by not having suitable respite for two years and it will pay Mrs A another £1,250 for the distress caused by the two years of complaints.The council has agreed to complete a transition plan for her grandson and issue his EHCP as soon as possible, as well as reviewing its policies and procedures and drafting a new transition policy.But Mrs A said her dealings with the council had left her highly sceptical that it would implement the changes recommended by the ombudsman.*Under government reforms which came into effect in September 2014, following the Children and Families Act, local authorities in England have until April 2018 to move all disabled children eligible for support from SEN statements to new education, health and care plans (EHCPs). The plans last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support a family should receive across education, health and social care.Picture: Croydon town halllast_img read more

first_imgTHE Reserves’ playoff hopes hang in the balance as the Wildcats completed a League double over the Saints with two tries in the final five minutes to win 28-26 writes Graham Henthorne.The match was a cagey affair in the first period with the home side breaking the deadlock after ten minutes. Their lively hooker dummied his way through the line beating Nathan Ashe to the corner.The Saints hit back with a splendid interpassing move down the right. A quick play the ball from sub Anthony Walker saw the ball in the hands of Shaun Magennis and his short pass put Matty Ashurst into a hole. As he was tackled he offloaded to Scott Hale and the big second rower shot through the gap taking it 30 metres to the full back. He waited for his support out wide and fed Josh Jones who’s inside ball found Ben Karalius (pictured) to go over at the side of the posts for a great try.As the half went on the Saints gradually realised that the Wildcats were finding it increasingly hard to get out of their own half. The Saints chase in support of the kicking of Karalius and Danny Yates became a little more intense and some aggressive defence forced several handling errors as the Wildcats started to feel the pressure.The reward came with the final play of the half as Josh Jones went over at the posts. A quick play the ball on half way allowed Marcus Baines to scoot away from the markers. He found Hale who again broke the line, fed Adam Barber on the wing who took it to the full back before feeding it back inside to Jones.Barber’s second conversion gave the Saints an 8 point lead at the break.The lead was cut immediately on the resumption. An inexplicable short kick off from the Saints put the Wildcats on the attack and they scored at the posts when the last tackler grubber was lost over the line.Another Baines 40 metre break after a quick play the ball saw the Saints pull clear again. Dan Brotherton collected Nathan Ashe’s grubber to the corner just squeezing in before the cover arrived.The game was nip and tuck all the way now. The home side cut the deficit to 2 before Brotherton’s second from a good ball from Alex Trumper restored the lead.Wakefield drew level on the hour but the Saints were unlucky not to respond straight away as Ashe just couldn’t hold Hale’s short ball 20 metres out.However, the Saints did score on the next set. Ashe, at stand off now, broke down the middle. The supporting Tommy Johnson was tackled off the ball but good refereeing allowed the advantage and quick hands saw Trumper score in the corner.Barber’s third conversion gave the Saints a slender six point lead which was defendable until some sort of provocation on the ground saw Shaun Magennis sin-binned for the punch he threw on regaining his feet.After the match winning try the Saints regained the short kick off and were pressing on attack but possession was lost in sight of the posts and the whistle blew.Magennis, Ashurst, Walker, Hale and the ever dependable Jordan Hand all put in the effort but a lack of cohesion, direction and team work allowed a team with much less ability to come away with the win because their desire was greater.Match Summary:Wakefield:Tries: Chris Dean, Sam Parkin 2, Tom Henderson 2, Danny Cowling.Goals: Josh Veivers 2.Saints:Tries: Josh Jones, Alex Trumper, Dan Brotherton 2, Ben Karalius.Goals: Adam Barber 3.HT: 12-4FT: 26-28Teams:Wakefield:1. Josh Veivers, 2. Tom Hodson, 3. Chris Dean, 4. Lucas Walshaw, 5. Sam Parkin, 6. Liam Kay, 7. Jordan Lowther, 8. Russ Spiers, 9. Tom Henderson, 10. Kyle Trout, 11. Andy Tate, 12. Adam Slater, 13. Danny Cowling.Subs: 14. Josh Hardcastle, 15. Stan Robin, 16. Sammy Masselot, 17. Nathan Harper.Saints:1. Nathan Ashe, 2. Adam Barber, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Alex Trumper, 14. Dan Brotherton, 7. Ben Karalius, 6. Danny Yates, 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Shaun Magennis, 12. Scott Hale, 11. Andrew Dixon, 13. Matty Ashurst. Subs: 5. Marcus Baines, 15. Carl Forster, 16. Anthony Walker, 17. Tommy Johnson.last_img read more

first_imgAS the First Utility Super League lands in football-mad Newcastle this weekend for Magic Weekend, title sponsor First Utility laid on a unique challenge to see who was best – Newcastle’s football legends or Super League’s rugby stars.Newcastle United Legends, Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee and John Beresford met on the banks of the River Tyne to welcome three stars from the First Utility Super League for the ultimate kicking challenge in the shadow of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.To view all the action unfold, please click on the link.With five giant inflatable rugby ball targets in the river to aim at, Beardsley, Lee and Beresford took on the Super League team of Jon Wilkin, Marc Sneyd, and Jack Owens in an effort to raise money for charity and help promote the First Utility Super League heading to the North-East for the 2015 Magic Weekend on May 30 – 31.After a tough start for all players, Jon Wilkin gave the Super League stars an early lead. John Beresford pulled a point back for the legends before Marc Sneyd put the Rugby League team back in front with his renowned left foot.With England legend Peter Beardsley surprisingly struggling to hit the targets, Rob Lee and John Beresford hit two in row to put the NUFC legends 3-2 ahead in the final round.However, the Super League stars showed their precision in their final shots with Jon Wilkin and Vikings star Jack Owens hitting the targets on the final shots to take the title with a 4-3 victory. With £250 being rewarded for every target hit, the teams raised £1,750 for the NSPCCPeter Beardsley, former Newcastle United star, said: “Myself, Rob and John were pleased to put some of the stars of the First Utility Super League through their paces! It’s great that Magic Weekend is coming to Newcastle and St James Park, this is a sport-mad, passionate city and every player, in every team will not forget their experience here come the end of May.”Ed Kamm, Chief Customer Officer at First Utility, added: “We’ve seen a few of the best and brightest First Utility Super League players go toe-to-toe with some genuine Newcastle United legends – with our Rugby League stars proving they are more accurate than the footballing greats in our unique challenge.“We’re proud to sponsor the First Utility Super League and we’re especially proud today that we’ve been able to raise £1,750 for the NSPCC and boost the profile of the sport ahead of Magic Weekend descending on the Toon.”To view the full video and behind the scenes shots, check out the First Utility on twitter and Facebook at and read more

first_img He appeared in court Wednesday morning.Police say Ray was involved in the June 7th shooting of Aubrey Redd on Campbell Street. Redd died at the scene.21-year-old Daquan Daniels was arrested shortly after the shooting.Related Article: 4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shootingIn July, WLOS reports Ray was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Brevard. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have arrested the second suspect wanted in a June shooting.21-year-old James Alexander Ray was arrested in Henderson and extradited to Wilmington yesterday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Bibaud was last seen walking down Black Chestnut Dr. in Leland Thursday morning around 10 a.m. wearing grey yoga pants with blue shorts over them, a burgundy hoodie and brown shoes.If you have any information, contact Det. Myleod at (910) 508-7626 or call 911. Sarah Bibaud was last seen October 12, 2017 in Leland. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help in finding a missing Leland teenager.According to a post on Facebook, Sarah Bibaud is a 17-year-old white girl. She is described as 5’3″ and around 100 lbs. She has black/brown/blue hair and brown eyes.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img Last week, the baseball community came together at Winter Park to contribute. This week, you can take donations of non-perishable foods to some area schools and there will also be collections at area Harris Teeters this weekend.NourishNC’s executive director Steve McCrossan says it means a lot to see the community rally around the Newsome family.“They turned something tragic into something very loving and caring and giving back,” McCrossan said. “This community has really supported them and us. It just means so much to us, that every year, all these people and businesses come together to help feed our kids in memory of Alex.”Related Article: North Carolina student returns the kindness he was once shownLast year, this food drive collected 27,000 food items for NourishNC. They hope to top that number this year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four years ago, Alex Newsome, an 11 year old Wilmington baseball player, died after a line drive hit him in the head. Today, his memory lives on, thanks to his family, the community, and NourishNC.Alex’s family is keeping his spirit alive by asking the community to donate food for hungry kids through a community food drive.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “I was there for that whole implementation process and that whole first year of UNCW having Hawk-Wheels bike share, and it’s been very well received by students, faculty and staff,” said Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Nick Cannon.Cannon helped to bring bike sharing to UNCW, and now he wants to do the same for the city of Wilmington.“We are a pretty densely populated area with a lot of things, residential, shopping, dining, schools, located in a pretty compact area. And a lot of places are convenient to get to by biking,” said Cannon.Related Article: Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ‘revitalized’ after FlorenceHe says though our area is great for biking, not everyone can afford one, or has the space to store it. That’s where bike sharing comes in.The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been working on the idea for close to a year.They finally decided on Pace Bike Share, and presented the plan at a City Council agenda briefing Monday morning.“We felt that they had all the criteria that we wanted for a program that would work in any of the cities or towns in the Cape Fear region, and they are a station-based program,” said Cannon.Station-based means you pick up and return the bikes at designated bike racks.People seem to like the idea.“I can’t afford a new bike right now, so I would definitely, without a doubt, use that. I bike like probably 10 miles a day. I love biking,” said David Kennair.“I just think it would be a great benefit for everyone around here,” said Caroline Warshaw.Cannon says while the only way to rent a bike through Pace right now is with their smartphone app, the company is working on another solution for those who don’t have smartphones.He says the city council said they want to move forward with the program.If it is successful, it could spread to other areas like Leland or Carolina Beach. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington could soon follow in the footsteps of cities like Durham and Charlotte, by implementing a bike sharing service.Bike sharing is a convenient way to rent a bicycle for a small fee using a smartphone app. If the plan works out, it won’t cost the city a dime.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County woman accused of trying to drown her four young children pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.For each count, Aeisha Milton received a sentence of 75 days in jail. Milton has been in jail since October, so she got credit for time served.- Advertisement – Milton’s mother, Geraldine Williams, called 911 in October of 2017 saying her daughter was trying to drown her four children in a bathtub. The children ranged in age between 10 months and 3 years old.Shortly after the arrest, Milton’s sister denied those claims. Velma Smalls told WWAY last year that her sister and their mother had argued before that 911 call.“She chased my momma with a bottle, a broken bottle, but she never tried to kill her kids. She never tried to drown them,” Smalls said in a 2017 interview.Related Article: Whiteville school bus driver accused of driving through blockade, hitting truckMilton was originally charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder.When asked about the lesser charge of child abuse, the district attorney’s office said there were “witness credibility issues.”last_img read more

first_img To meet her, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.To see more animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week’s Pet Pal is a loving and playful kitten who’s looking for a loving family to join.She’s a grey and silver Tabby cat who shelter staff describe as playful and loving. They believe she’d be perfect for a playful family.- Advertisement – last_img

first_imgNature Trust – FEE Malta expressed its disappointment at the low regard of the environment as shown by MEP candidates’ disinterest. It stated that upon approaching candidates by means of an open letter regarding the importance of European Union laws which regulate the environment, only seven candidates acknowledged the email and just five took the opportunity to discuss. The MEP Candidates who acknowledged and replied to the email were Carmel Cacopardo and Mina Tolu from Alternattiva Demokratika, Michael Briguglio from Partit Nazzjonalista, Josef Caruana from Partit Laburista and three independent candidates – Arnold Cassola, Antoine Borg and Stephen Florian. However, only Cacopardo, Tolu, Briguglio, Cassola and Borg met with the council. The letter expressed a number of worries, such as climate change, air quality, the protection of unique natural places, plastic pollution, and toxic chemicals reaching the market. However, these are worries which have been fought against by EU laws, which may be threatened by deregulation. Nature Trust stated that EU regulations drive up standards, encourage competition, and give confidence in the products that are bought. According to Nature Trust, from the perspective of biodiversity, this is the situation:the cost of biodiversity loss due to the current over-exploitation of global fisheries is estimated at $50 billionpollinators (bees) are being decimated, where the estimated economic value of insect pollination within the EU has been calculated at €14.2 billion a year ( of land surfaces, 40% of the marine environment, and 50% of inland waterways across the globe have been “severely altered” (EU Draft Report).nearly half of land and marine ecosystems have been profoundly compromised by human interference in the last 50 years. (EU Draft Report).The NGO then stated that instead of stripping back or cutting regulations, the EU must take the lead again regarding the environment. It stressed that an ambitious European Parliament would tackle climate change and air quality, but also ensure that EU money is spent responsibly, and that biodiversity is being safeguarded. Furthermore, the EU Parliament can step in regarding chemical regulation as related to antibiotics, pharmaceutical pollution and health. WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more