Budgetary Pressures on Children's Services
Conwy Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Safeguarding has called on Welsh Government to reflect the escalating crisis in funding children's care services in its provisional budget for local authorities.
Councillor Cheryl Carlisle welcomed the unanimous support of the Finance and Resources Committee for the Children's Services Budgetary Pressures report today, which highlighted the budget pressures caused by the increasing cost of supporting looked after children.
She said, “The scrutiny committee recognised the massive pressures faced, with increasing numbers and complex needs of children coming into our care, and the ever increasing costs of independent sector care provision.
“The comprehensive and ground-breaking steps we are taking in Conwy to mitigate this and to provide improved outcomes for our children need more funding, and the Welsh Government must recognise this in their Provisional Budget.
“The scrutiny committee called for Welsh Government to remove the grant elements of funding these pressures, to free up our staff to do their caring work, and not deal with endless bureaucracy.
"With more children coming into care, the Welsh Government need to recognise the massive, increasing pressures that Children's Services are facing and fund them accordingly."
View the Finance and Resources Scrutiny Committee webcast at: https://conwy.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/376595
Posted on 01/10/2018