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More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

Health
Vulnerable old and disabled people will see cuts to vital care services and higher charges, council chiefs say.The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows councils expect to spend £21.4bn this year in England.While this is a rise from £20.8bn last year, the cost of inflation combined with growing demand means this will not be enough, ADASS said.The warning comes as ministers prepare to unveil plans to reform the system.A green paper on social care is expected to be published in the coming months. Vulnerable facing 'bleak future'ADASS said it was desperately needed given the pressures on councils - local government has seen cuts in the amount of funding it gets from central government over the past de...
Council fined £100k over Heartbleed cyberattack

Council fined £100k over Heartbleed cyberattack

Technology
A council has been fined £100,000 by the data watchdog after its employees' personal information was compromised in a hacking attack.Taking advantage of a software flaw in Gloucester City Council's website, the attacker downloaded more than 30,000 emails from the council's mailboxes.These email messages contained financial and sensitive information about council staff, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).The ICO, the UK's data regulator, said the hacker exploited the Heartbleed security bug - which had been widely reported on and patched months prior to the attack.Heartbleed was publicly disclosed in April 2014 and was described as "catastrophic" by a number of security researchers and led to warnings from government agencies around the world.The bug affected OpenSSL,