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Doncaster Council's school support 'ineffective' says watchdog

An Ofsted inspection into the support Doncaster Council provides for its schools has concluded that it's ineffective.

Ofsted inspected the local authority because more than half of pupils attend a school that requires improvement and the area is in the bottom fifth of local authorities across England in terms of exam results.

A spokesman said the council is working with teachers to put together an action plan:

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Doncaster cuts: £16.5 million could be cut from council services

Thousands of jobs could be lost at Doncaster City Council, should proposed budget cuts be implemented.

The jobs could be lost as the council digitises its payments service, leaving only a small number of support staff for people without online access.

New contracts could be imposed upon workers as their current deal expires in April 2014. The council say some of the current terms of employment are out of date.

£5 million pounds could be cut from council commissioned services. It currently spends £120 million per year on external services, but no they say there will be decisions to make on which it can no longer afford to keep.

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Doncaster jobs: All care homes could close

Doncaster council could be forced to close all of their day centres and care homes for the elderly as part of a cut-back that could axe 1,200 jobs.

They would also stop subsidising travel to any day centres in the city as they seek to save £6 million from their elderly care budget.

70 per cent of the council's buildings could close as part of the cuts. If proposals are accepted, they will look to sell, or hand buildings over to community groups to save around £5 million.

"1,200 jobs face axe" in Doncaster

Hundreds of local authority jobs look set to go in Doncaster as the council tries to make savings of £109m over the next three years. The authority is drawing up plans to shut its eight old people's homes, three or more of its day centres for the elderly and some of its 20 childrens' centres.

In total, the council is planning to close, sell or hand over to the community 70 per cent of its buildings.

We are going to have to change how we do things - simply because we do not have the money to be able to do the same as we do now. We cannot afford to stand still or have the time to do so. The reality is that we will have to take some difficult decisions.

– Doncaster Council

Council brings in private firm to run" shambolic" children's services

A South Yorkshire council which was heavily criticised following an attack on two young boys by brothers who were under it's care - has brought in a private company to help run its children's services.

Doncaster Council's child protection service was described as "shambolic" following the attack in Edlington in 2009. The authority has now signed a two year deal with consultants iMPOWER worth almost two million pounds - to help improve services.

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