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Children’s services’ “financial cliff edge” will be raised with MPs

South Gloucestershire’s Conservative MPs are to be advised of the financial cliff edge that the council’s Children and Young People’s services face following a decision at a Council meeting this week.

The council’s Children & Young People’s Committee received a monitoring report at its meeting on Wednesday on the budget spent in the first three months of the financial year. This showed pressures leading to overspends in a large number of areas including fostering and adoption costs, residential placements, special educational needs transport and agency staff.

During the discussion of the report, the meeting agreed to a proposal from Labour’s Deputy Leader Councillor Ian Boulton (Staple Hill ward) that the committee, through the council’s Finance Director, should write to the district’s MPs in the hope that they will communicate up to the government the fact that children’s services are facing a financial cliff edge.

 

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Boulton said:

“The budget monitor made for very grim reading, as it starkly shows that the demand for children’s services is outstripping our available resources in a large number of areas. Senior officials did not contradict me when I described the situation as “a financial cliff edge”. The government really needs to be made aware of the effect of its cuts on the ground, so I am pleased that the Children & Young People’s Committee has agreed to communicate our concerns through the district’s 3 MPs.”

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