Shropshire Council is heading for a £6m overspend in the current financial year. However, it has clawed back £2m in the last three months alone.
The council’s cabinet will hear next week that the local authority is on course for an overspend of £5.987m in the current financial year.
Its gross budget for 2019-20 stands at £568m.
A forecast after quarter one suggested it was heading for an £8m overspend.
Ongoing service pressures relating to school transport and children’s services staffing and agency costs are under review, it said.
Father of murdered boy 'dismissed' by social services
The father of seven-year-old Archie Spriggs, killed by his mother in September 2017, has told an inquest how he was "repeatedly dismissed" by social services staff after pleading for his son's protection.
In a statement read to the Shropshire Coroner's Court by his lawyer, Matthew Spriggs said he had disclosed "several types of abuse and neglect" by the boy's mother.
In his evidence Mr Spriggs
claimed his concerns were not taken seriously - and that he had telephoned
social services in the months before Archie's death and asked: "What is it
going to take for you to investigate? Bruises? Broken bones? Or my son to be
killed by her?"
Mr Spriggs, who said he was told "it
won't come to that", also claims that Archie's school failed to take his
inquest, which was told that part of Mr Spriggs' statement to the court was
disputed by the local authority and West Mercia Police, continues.
Weather warning for rain issued
Homes and businesses could be flooded and travel disrupted by heavy rain across the West Midlands the Met Office is warning.
A yellow warning for rain is in place for parts of Staffordshire until 12:00 on Tuesday.
We told you earlier about a plan for emergency medicine consultants during "core hours" at an overhauled A&E service for Telford's Princess Royal Hospital (PRH).
The proposal has been criticised by the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council Shaun Davies, who said it proved the so-called A&E Local set for PRH was a "smokescreen" for a downgrade of services.
He said the consultant plan meant "a part-time service, with fewer clinicians, and with capacity to treat a much smaller number of health conditions".
Last month, the government backed NHS plans to reconfigure hospital services in Shropshire, with Shrewsbury becoming the county's centre for emergency medicine and Telford becoming a centre for planned treatment.
In a letter to the MPs for Telford and The Wrekin today, the health secretary said: "I’m delighted to write to you today to confirm that the A&E at PRH in Telford will remain open."
But Mr Davies said: "The NHS says that signage to the PRH will have to be changed and a major local communication campaign undertaken to explain to people when PRH has an A&E service."
Ambulance service takes over non-emergency 111 line
West Midlands Ambulance service will take over the running of the non-emergency 111 phone line across most of the region from today.
The trust says the move will reduce the number of ambulances being sent out on calls that don’t require one.
It’s also promised to significantly increase the number of people working on the service, which was previously run by private company Care UK.
Showery night ahead
There'll be showers tonight, mixed with some drier, clearer spells:
You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.
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BreakingStrike action set to hit Christmas rail services
West Midlands Railway workers are set to take strike action on seven Saturdays leading up to and through the Christmas period.
The RMT trade union said it had been left with "no choice" other than to call the industrial action "over plans by the company to bulldoze through driver only operation".
Members have been instructed to not book on for any shifts on seven consecutive Saturdays starting 16 November, it added.
The RMT has opposed the introduction of driver-only-operated trains - where drivers close doors instead of guards - which started rolling out across the country in 2017.
The union's general secretary Mick Cash said: "We will not allow the
drive for profit to override the core issue of safe and accessible services for
all on West Midlands Trains and we stand firm on that very basic principle."
The Office of Rail and Road, in charge of safety on the railways, has previously said "with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working".
West Midlands Railway said if the strike goes ahead contingency plans have been made to run a skeleton service using managers.
We are disappointed at the outcome of the ballot. We have committed to keeping a guard on every passenger train. We reached a framework agreement with RMT in May last year which guaranteed a safety-critical conductor on every passenger train. We remain determined to find a way of resolving this dispute without disruption and inconvenience for our passengers."
It's been a big week for the Midlands Air Ambulance team, they've flown their 54,000th mission since beginning in 1991.
It covers six counties - West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire - and responds to some of the most serious accidents as well as reaching rural locations inaccessible by land ambulance.