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COUNTY CHIEFS SUPPRESSED CRITICAL REVIEW OF ITS FINANCES, NEW INVESTIGATION FINDS

Worcestershire council leaders suppressed a critical report by independent experts which called on them to take “urgent action” to address the county's financial woes. The review criticised the Conservative-run county council’s financial planning as “overly optimistic”, “counter-intuitive” and in need of “radical overhaul”. Opposition leader Councillor Peter McDonald described the decision by

COURT THREAT LOOMS OVER PLAN BY WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL TO AXE VITAL RESPITE CARE CENTRE IN KIDDERMINSTER FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

Consultation over plans to shut a Kidderminster short breaks sanctuary for disabled children has been labelled “a sham” and “a disgrace” after it emerged that council chiefs hatched plans to axe it more than two years ago. Now the battle to save the Ludlow Road service could end up in the high

Fire station plans get green light despite longer 999 response times for Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport

Controversial cost-cutting plans to close three fire stations and open a  new £5 million station on the edge of Kidderminster have been backed by district planners. The new so-called Emergency Services Hub for Wyre Forest will be built on Stourport Road, between Kidderminster and Stourport, close to the district council's HQ. Despite

BATTLE ON TO END HOMELESSNESS IN WYRE FOREST WITHIN THREE YEARS – BUT FUNDING “DESPERATELY INADEQUATE”

What is the truth about homelessness in Wyre Forest? How many families end up homeless and how are they being helped?  In the next instalment of Wyrelife's investigation into all aspects of homelessness, Wyre Forest’s senior officer with responsibility for housing, Kate Bailey, and the council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health

COLLECTOR’S £305,000 BID TO BUY PRIZED POLICE NUMBER PLATE AB1 CAME AFTER ‘NAIVE’ WEST MERCIA POLICE COMMISSIONER AGREED LOWER PRIVATE SALE, PANEL TOLD

A collector’s £305,000 offer for prized number plate AB1 came two days after West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion had agreed a much lower private deal to an ex police chief, a scrutiny panel heard today. The controversy over the sale of AB1 has called into question the judgement

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