Derbyshire fined for maladministration
Derbyshire County Council has been ordered by the Local Government Ombudsman to pay compensation after a series of complaints over maladmin-istration were upheld from people who had been incorrectly charged for care. According to the LGO, two of the women, who had been receiving care in their homes, were asked to pay towards the service, but no opportunity was given for them to appeal against the charges. Both had complained they were being unreasonably charged. Two other women had their care withdrawn without any written notification. Additionally one of the women had not received an assessment to determine whether her care should be withdrawn. The council was ordered by the LGO to pay a total of Â£2,000 to the women none of whom has been named.