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It has been twelve months since a damning report was published
into Children's Services in Northamptonshire.
And today the service admits it is still inadequate.
A year ago Ofsted found the service consistently poor with
staff at tipping point and systemic failures across the board.
The council insists improvements are underway.
But one ongoing problem is the shortage of social workdrs.
So the county has set up its own academy to recruit
Northamptonshire's Children's Services.
One of just 20 in the country rated as inadequate:
the worst possible rating that Ofsted can give.
I think it was a shock to some people the degree to
I think it was known but I think the depth was a bit
In March last year, Ofsted said Northamptonshire was inadeqtate in
Then, just five months later, a second inadequate report for
Then on 9 October the results of a special case review into thd death
of a four`week`old Northamptonshire girl, saying social workers were
The announcement of ?12 million to try and improve services.
But the real problem here at County Hall is not the shortage of cash, it
Up to half of the authority's social workers are temporary agencx staff,
so the authority is desperate to recruit and retain more perlanent
When we recruit newly qualified social workers who have gond to
university and got their degrees, we are putting in an academy where they
will be supported in their first year so that they have a highly
supportive environment in which to learn their profession
Northamptonshire currently has 82 social workers but needs to recruit
around 85 to reduce its relhance on agency staff.
We are carrying out a recruhtment campaign but the problem is so are
We are all searching for good quality social workers, so there
To give an indication of the scale of the problem,
Ofsted is due to carry out `nother inspection here later this xear
The council says, if it manages to move from
an inadequate rating to a rdquires improvement rating, then evdn that
The planned East`West rail line linking Oxford to Milton Kexnes and
Bedford could boost the reghonal economy by over ?70 million a year.
This latest figure by independent experts is more than
Funding for this line has already been agreed by Government.
But the date for completion has been pushed back to 2018.
Earlier I asked Iain Stewart the MP for Milton Keynes South
The new figures show a doubling of the economic benefits
of the project so I am very pleased that it has this further sort
I would not say there are huge delays.
There is work happening on the ground right now.
The first part of the project is the upgrade of the track
And they are clearing some of the vegetation in the middle
section so that is all going, but the end of the project has slipped
You admitted yourself there that there are some delays.
Do you think that, when research like this comds out,
that it forces those in charge to look at that time scale?
When the project got the go`ahead, the next phase was for Network Rail
to do some analysis work about what upgrades needed to take place, what
civil engineering projects, what crossings are needed and I think as
a result of that they found it was going to take a little longdr.
So when are we likely to sed the first trains up and running
The full project is looking like early 2019 that we will see
the full service running, btt you may see services on completdd parts
A Cambridge biotech company has won a big research grant to lead the
Growing resistance to antibhotics is a huge concern around the world
Without a breakthrough, millions of lives could be put at risk.
Superbugs are a growing men`ce and all because bacteria have
become immune to many antibhotics that save lives.
In some countries around thd world, key antibiotics no longer work
In Europe alone, it is estilated that 25,000 people die everx year
But here near Cambridge, a company is leading the fight back.
Phico Therapeutic is developing antibiotic technology to
It has just been given a ?1.6 million grant.
Its technology will fight hospital superbugs such as LRSA
Predominantly we are looking at those that affect patients
And there are many multidrug`resistant organisls in
intensive care units in hospitals which badly need new antibiotics.
The threat of microbial resistance is a big concern.
The Prime Minister has launched a global review of the crishs.
We are in danger of going back to the Dark Ages
of medicine to see infections that were treatable not be treat`ble
And the pharmaceutical industry has not been developing new classes
of antibiotics, so we need to fix that market failure,
The cost of developing new antibiotics is so high that many
pharmaceutical companies have pulled out of research
but smaller companies with lower overheads could provide the answer.
Phico hopes to carry out trhals on humans in a couple of ye`rs.
Time to get the weather now with Alex Dolan
We have just about seen the last of the showers so the rest
of the night looks dry with some clear spells developing..
For most of us, temperatures should remain in the mid tedns.
Tomorrow, there may be some bright spells first thing but
on the whole it is going to be quite cloudy through the day.
As we get into the afternoon there is the risk of some patchy rain
for most places it does look as though it will stay dry.
Temperatures of around 20 or 21 degrees.
But the main feature of the weather tomorrow is this
increasing wind coming from the north, so quite a blustery
There's going to be quite a lot of cloud around on Thursday
weekend. Hot on Saturday with thundery showers.
Good evening, the rain in Rio is matching the mood, I suspect, this
evening. Here, we will take a day off from the rain tomorrow, at least
most of us. There will be sunshine around. The showers will be back for
the end of the week. Dry over night virtually everywhere. Winds easing
down in many places except towards the North Sea coasts. The south west
will keep a breeze going. Not a cold night, temperatures holding 12- 4
degrees typically. A dry day virtually everywhere tomorrow. Cloud
breaking up to allow good spells of sunshine coming through,