Worcestershire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change

PartyConservative

Seats 201330 Seats 201740 Change+10

PartyLabour

Seats 201312 Seats 201710 Change−2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20133 Seats 20173 Change-

PartyGreen

Seats 20132 Seats 20172 Change-

PartyICHC

Seats 20132 Seats 20171 Change−1

PartyIndependent

Seats 20132 Seats 20171 Change−1

PartyUKIP

Seats 20134 Seats 2017- Change−4

PartyLiberal

Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1

PartyResidents' Association

Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1
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Council makes £2m from parking charges

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are some of the stories the Local Democracy Reporting Service has been covering in Worcestershire:

  • Worcester City Council collected more than £2m from car parking charges last year but revealed the figure was £300,000 lower than the year before.
  • A claim Worcestershire County Council performed a u-turn over installing a zebra crossing in St John's has been denied by the councillor in charge of highways, who said it was never in the plans in the first place.
  • A university must use its 'millions' to build more student accommodation on its campuses to stop student houses springing up across Worcester, a councillor's said.
Cattle Market car park in Worcester
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'Very basic' rail service due to strike action

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will only be running a "very basic" service on Saturday as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union take strike action.

Bus replacement services will run on the following routes, it said:

And this is the timetable for their planned rail services:

Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Chiltern Railways and Transport for Wales are due to run a normal Saturday timetable, but will be busier, it added.

Crime fears over switched-off street lights

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Calls are being made to "review" a scheme that has seen thousands of street lights switched off across Worcestershire, despite it saving almost £1m over the past four years.

Street lights
BBC

After a trial in Droitwich Spa, the county council, which manages 52,000 street lights, decided in 2014 to switch off two-thirds of them in mainly residential and industrial estates.

The move was to save money and cut carbon emissions with the local authority claiming it's reducing spending by £970,000.

But people in places like Droitwich have told BBC Hereford and Worcester it's led to an increase in crime.

Town councillor Alan Humphries said it had "led to an increased amount of drug dealing, because it was in the dark, people couldn't see what's going on".

But the council's rejected the suggestion with cabinet member for infrastructure, Ken Pollock, saying "that's certainly not what the police are telling us".

West Mercia Police said it understood people being concerned with lights being turned off, but officers "have not seen a definitive link between the lights being switched off and any increase in crime".

Fairer funding demand from rural councils

BBC Midlands Today

Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

Shropshire Council's HQ
BBC

They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

Children's services 'require improvement'

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Children's social care in Worcestershire has improved, according to a new report by the watchdog Ofsted, but more work is still needed.

County Hall
BBC

It's the first inspection of the county's children's services since they were rated inadequate in 2017.

Outcomes for many children and their families are much better, social workers caseloads have fallen, and leaders have managed to make the workforce more stable, the report found.

Inspectors still rated the services as "requires improvement" - they say a small number of children are still struggling to get timely help, and some aged over 18 are living in B&Bs and sofa surfing.

Council looks to slash printing budget

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Worcestershire County Council is looking to cut its printing budget after revealing it spent more than £380,000 in the last 12 months - printing out around 12 million pages.

The amount of paper used was the equivalent of 750 trees and the authority says it will urge staff to "think before they print".

Paper
BBC

The council says it will aim to save around £700,000 over the next five years by restricting access to printers, sharing more information by email, stopping all but essential colour printing and reducing the number of agendas it prints by at least half.

Auditors placed in special measures

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An auditing firm which inspects council accounts has been put under special measures for its poor performance last year after it was revealed half of its inspected audits needed 'significant' improvement.

Grant Thornton has inspected the accounts of Worcestershire County Council since 2015 and is set to do so until 2023.

The firm also audits the accounts for the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority and the chief constable and the police and crime commissioner for West Mercia Police as well as Wyre Forest, Redditch and Bromsgrove district councils,

The Financial Reporting Council has put a new improvement plan in place for the company.

Teenager's social service care criticised by judge

A council's social services department has been criticised in the High Court for the way it handled the case of a 14-year-old boy who's spent much of his life in care.

County Hall
Google

Worcestershire County Council's failings were described as "egregious in the extreme".

The boy who's said to have "complex needs", and who can't be identified for legal reasons - left his mother's home nearly nine years ago.

In a written ruling published today, Mr Justice Keehan said 22 social workers had been involved but there had been no "consistent planning" for the boy's care, and neither he nor his foster parents had been given enough support.

The boy's mother died two years ago and the identity of his father isn't known.

The council - which is being sued by lawyers for the boy - has accepted liability and is trying to ensure there's no repeat.

The judge praised his foster parents and said the boy should remain living with them.