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It's claimed an independent inquiry should be held
into how a business set up by Buckinghamshire County Council
to run adult social services lost millions of pounds -
and was criticised for the quality of its care.
Healthwatch Buckinghamshire wants answers as to how it was run -
and how vulnerable people were affected.
Brennan Nicholls has this exclusive report.
Damning report after damning report - Buckinghamshire Care was supposed
to look after some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
The company was set up by Bucks County Council back in 2013.
It had an ?8 million a year contract to run
services cross the county - in people's homes, a network
of community centres, a farm near Milton Keynes
and a respite care home in Beaconsfield.
Its managing director was paid ?140,000 a year.
The Council said the firm would save taxpayers more
than ?2 million over five years.
The financial accounts of Buckinghamshire Care makes
pretty grim reading.
Over the last three years the business has lost
just under ?2.5 million.
What makes even worse reading, though, is this
from the Care Quality Commission.
A report into Seeleys Respite Care in Beaconsfield,
which was rated as "inadequate".
And the combination of these two means that
Buckinghamshire County Council pulled the plug on the business
and brought it back in-house.
It's now trying to learn the mistakes of what is contained here.
When we began to identify that things weren't going right,
both in terms of finances and the quality of care,
at that point the governance had to be ramped up and began to take
a much closer interest.
But it was really only when the report on Seeleys came out
that the full extent of the failings became clear.
The Council took decisive and quick action which was
recognised by the CQC.
Not everyone though is convinced by the Council's approach.
Healthwatch Buckinghamshire want's more, much more.
The public don't know what's going on.
They just think it was just another care home contract
that was withdrawn.
They don't realise that it was wholly owned by the County Council.
The County Council has now taken full control
of Buckinghamshire Care's services once again.
It believes all services are running well.
The council says it will work with Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
to reflect their concerns.
Around 200 workers have lost their jobs at the Manor Formula
One team in Banbury - after the firm ceased trading today.
The firm was placed in administration earlier this month -
with the hope a new buyer could be found.
Staff were sent home this morning.
Manor began in 2010 as Virgin Racing - backed by Sir Richard Branson.
The team was later renamed Marussia and became Manor in 2014.
A man's died after a two-car crash near Banbury.
It happened in Cropredy on Tuesday morning.
No arrests have been made.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Services have been held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
In Oxford there was a ceremony at the town hall, marking
the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
John Fieldsend, who now lives in Thame, remembers Hitler coming
to his home town in 1935.
Zoe Curtis reports.
People of all faiths gathered at Oxford Town Hall
for Holocaust Memorial Day.
It has been more than 70 years since the genocide which claimed
more than six million Jewish lives.
John Fieldsend witnessed this first hand.
As a young Jewish boy living in Germany he heard
Adolf Hitler address a rally.
I can still remember that voice...
It's firmly locked in the back of my head as I can't
find the off switch.
John now lives in Thame.
During the Second World War he and his brother fled to Britain
from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
But their parents were taken to Auschwitz.
John still has the final letter they sent him.
"We want to say farewell to you who were our dearest
"possession in the world.
"And only for a short time were we able to keep you.
"Don't forget us and be good.
"I too thank all the good people who have accepted you so nobly."
Today photographs from the Holocaust went on display at the Town Hall.
Victims of genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia were also
remembered, along with those still being subjected
to racism and intolerance.
The actor and activist Russell Brand has been talking
about his experience of growing up with mental health problems.
He was in Aylesbury launching Buckinghamshire Recovery College.
It wants people who've experienced difficulties in their past to mentor
those in need of help.
Matt Graveling reports.
"We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone."
A famous saying which encapsulates the ethos of a brand-new institution
launched in Aylesbury this morning.
Buckinghamshire Recovery College holds classes for people
struggling with mental health.
And at today's event one man who has openly struggled
with his was keen to lend his voice.
Mental health is nothing if not a disease of perspective.
It is a different perspective to what is required.
I think it is impossible for a person to attain that
perspective in solitude, that they require support
and community from people that understand it.
The idea here is simple.
Health professionals work alongside tutors who have
had their own personal battles with mental health.
They then share their experiences to help others overcome the issue.
The college took on its first students in September and now have
nearly 200 people enrolled in workshops and courses
all tailored to improve their well-being.
I'm now working in supporting people in mental health who need that
support and understanding.
And for me my passion is creativity and it has helped me get back
on the road to recovery.
Today's event was the start of what the college hope will be
a long, successful journey, helping thousands of people overcome
mental health one by one.
That's it from us.
The weather forecast is next.
Hello, good evening.
Today was a bit of a change from recent days.
Milder conditions and the arrival of some rain.
And that rain will stay with us overnight tonight
with the possibility of hill fog where we have a lot
of low cloud in places.
Temperatures tonight will fall away to around three or four Celsius.
The rain will be with us first thing tomorrow morning.
It's a slow improving picture, the rain slowly clearing its way
north and eastwards.
Once it does we will see some bright and sunny spells
through the afternoon.
But still the risk of the odd isolated heavy shower.
Temperatures tomorrow reaching a high of seven or eight Celsius.
A good deal of cloud around and outbreaks of rain
through the course of the day.
Brightening up through the afternoon.
Sunday is a day of rain.
Rain also on Monday, but now here's your national forecast.