School place appeals stories are always popular and controversial, and in recent years many councils have vowed to get tough on those who lie to get their children into good schools. But how many parents have been found to be lying? The Gloucestershire Echo used FOI to find out.
A good example of knowing the phrases councils use from the Leicester Mercury, which reports on the 200 ‘forced adoptions’ carried out by the council, taking children from natural parents to new parents elsewhere.
The Southport Visiter reports this week on the sorts of things Sefton Council pays out for – and how much. Perhaps it’s the smaller payouts which are the most surprising, such as the £7.83 given to someone who claimed a council employee had damaged their car.