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star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government (1) which local authority children's services departments have been found by Ofsted since January 2015 to be persistently or systemically failing; (2) which were made subject to the appointment of commissioners; and (3) which are currently run by commissioners. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL1075 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The Department has categorised local authority children’s social care services as ‘systemic’ or ‘persistent’ failures since December 2015 when it introduced a tougher intervention regime. The following authorities have been subject to this new policy:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>LA</p></td><td><p>Systemic/Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Barnet</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bromley</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dudley</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Kirklees</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norfolk</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Reading</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sandwell</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sunderland</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Torbay</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcestershire</p></td><td><p>Persistent &amp; Systemic</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>All of these authorities have been subject to the appointment of Commissioners, with the exception of Barnet where recruitment for a Commissioner has not yet concluded. These authorities retain accountability for the effective running of their children’s services. Commissioners do not run the services, but do make recommendations to the Secretary of State on whether operational control of services should be removed from the council. Where Ministers accept a recommendation that services should transfer to alternative delivery arrangements, such as a new Children’s Services Trust, Commissioners will oversee this process</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:43:09.893Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:43:09.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753929
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what steps, short of the appointment of commissioners, they can take to deal with children's services departments which are a cause of concern. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL1076 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Education intervenes in all local authorities that receive an inadequate Ofsted rating for children’s services.</p><p>In the most serious cases, improvement may require statutory intervention, whereby, under the Education Act 1996, the Secretary of State is able to direct a local authority to take whatever action is deemed necessary to secure improvement. In the last few years, Ministers have directed the setting up of new governance structures, including partnering with another local authority (e.g. Isle of Wight), bringing in extra improvement support (e.g. Somerset), or establishing a Children’s Services Trust (e.g. Doncaster).</p><p>In other cases the department takes non-statutory steps, issuing an ‘improvement notice’ detailing what actions a local authority is expected to take to improve its services and closely monitoring progress. We deploy government improvement advisers who are appointed to support and challenge these authorities to make rapid progress.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:44:14.033Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:44:14.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753932
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the current detailed business plans of those sections of the Department for Education dealing with child welfare. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL1078 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The department has recently responded to the Public Accounts Committee on this question. The department agrees it is appropriate to set out its vision with timescales, as it has done in ‘<em>Putting Children First’</em><em>.</em> The department will also produce a roadmap of how the Department intends to transform services, which will be a publically available document. This will address the challenge in the NAO report and set out more clearly a timeframe for delivery of the reforms.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:01.17Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:01.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-11more like thismore than 2014-06-11
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and which, local authorities have made representations to the Department for Education asking it to legislate to extend the power to outsource children's social work functions, including child protection, under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. more like this
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
unstar this property uin HL280 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>Formal representations concerning outsourcing of social care functions, potentially including child protection, have been made by Staffordshire, Kingston, and Richmond local authorities. In addition a number of informal discussions on this topic have taken place with other local authorities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:06:00.0410183Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:06:00.0410183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
60552
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star this property date less than 2014-06-09more like thismore than 2014-06-09
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to respond to concerns expressed by the leaders of the social care profession that profit-making companies should not determine sensitive family matters. more like this
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Baroness Meacher more like this
unstar this property uin HL141 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government's proposals regarding the delegation of children's social care functions would enable local authorities to delegate children's social care functions to a third party. The intention is to broaden the range of approaches available to secure the best outcomes for children in their area. The proposals do not oblige local authorities to delegate any functions and do not remove responsibilities from local authorities for ensuring their statutory obligations on child protection and children's social care are met.</p><p>The consultation on the proposals closed on Friday 30 May and the Government is currently considering the responses.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:05:33.1438301Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:05:33.1438301Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Meacher more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-03-20more like thismore than 2018-03-20
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that there is sufficient funding for local government children’s services. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL6479 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-04-06more like thismore than 2018-04-06
star this property answer text <p>Over the Spending Review period, councils will have access to more than £200 billion for local services, including children’s services. The 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement confirmed a real terms increase in resources available to local government over the next two years - £44.3 billion in 2017-18 to £45.6 billion in 2019-20. Core Spending Power is largely unringfenced so that local authorities can decide how to direct their funding.</p><p>In addition, my Department and the Department for Education are working together on the fair funding review of relative needs and resources. This aims to address concerns about the current funding distributions. The Government is committed to working with partners to understand how the Department for Education might further support improvement across the system.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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less than 2018-04-06T12:45:45.65Zmore like thismore than 2018-04-06T12:45:45.65Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
60551
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star this property date less than 2014-06-09more like thismore than 2014-06-09
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government upon what evidence they have based their proposals to outsource children's services to private firms. more like this
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Baroness Meacher more like this
unstar this property uin HL140 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (CYPA) allowed some local authorities to contract out looked after children and care leaver functions for a five-year pilot period. As a result, small autonomous practitioner-led organisations (Social Work Practices) were encouraged to develop. Between 2008 and 2012, 15 local authorities were involved in the pilot to create more tailored social work approaches.</p><p>The evaluation of Social Work Practices identified evidence of positive change through delegated arrangements for looked after children and care leavers. As a result, in November 2013, the freedoms in the CYPA were extended to all local authorities.</p><p>Staffordshire County Council have also recently received a ‘good' rating from Ofsted under the new single inspection framework, which included the social work practice 'Evolve YP'.</p><p>Some local authorities have asked the Government to extend these freedoms to other areas of children's social care. The current proposals will encourage greater innovative approaches for all local authorities to take the step from adequate or good children's services to excellent ones. The consultation on these proposals closed on 30 May and the Government is currently considering the responses.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:10:22.8621777Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:10:22.8621777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Meacher more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-05more like thismore than 2018-07-05
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy and efficacy of children's services in the light of the number of children being placed in child protection and being received into local authority care. more like this
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Lord Ouseley more like this
unstar this property uin HL9306 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-19more like thismore than 2018-07-19
star this property answer text <p>Ofsted assesses the effectiveness of all local authority children’s social care services departments in England through its inspection programme. Nearly two thirds of the country’s most vulnerable children are being served by local authorities where care is not yet rated as ‘Good’. The government acts quickly and decisively to intervene in local authorities found to be failing in their delivery of children’s services but we want to do more to get ahead of failure and develop a system where improvement for children’s social care is continuous and sustainable. We are investing more than £250 million through our Innovation Programme and Partners in Practice Programme to help local authorities learn from what works, and to support improvement in the sector.</p><p> </p><p>We want every child to be in a loving, stable home that is right for them. Whilst in most cases children are best looked after by their birth families, a child may be taken into care as a last resort, in the interests of their safety.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-07-19T16:34:15.56Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-19T16:34:15.56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ouseley more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-02-20more like thismore than 2018-02-20
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs to local authorities of children referred to children's services in each of the last five years. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL5565 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-06more like thismore than 2018-03-06
star this property answer text <p>Local authority spend in the last five years on looked after children and adoption services, and child protection and safeguarding services can be found in the below table:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2012-13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013-14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>£5.46 billion</p></td><td><p>£5.69 billion</p></td><td><p>£5.90 billion</p></td><td><p>£6.17 billion</p></td><td><p>£6.50 billion</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: S251 Outturn data 2012/13 – 2016/17, ‘Total Children Looked After’ plus ‘Total Safeguarding Children and Young People's Services’.</p><p> </p><p>The numbers presented in the table do not include services provided, for example, under Family Support Services, where it is unknown as to whether children have been referred to children’s social care.</p><p>Local authorities increased spending on children and young people’s services to around £9.2 billion in 2016-17. The government provides funding annually for children’s services through the general, ‘Local Government Finance Settlement’ approved by Parliament. Children’s services funding is not ring-fenced within the wider settlement.</p><p>The Local Government Association’s analysis is based on changes to elements of local government funding that can be spent on children’s services (including core council tax, locally retained business rates, the Revenue Support Grant and the Education Services Grant). It also includes a potential increase in demand for services arising from population trends and inflation.</p><p>The government recognises the role that councils play in providing services such as children’s social care. Local authorities in England will have access to more than <br> £200 billion to deliver these services between 2015/16 and 2019/20. This year’s finance settlement for local government will see a real term increase in resources available to councils, from £44.3 billion in 2017/18 to £45.6 billion in 2019/20. Local authorities will have two years of real term increases in resources.</p><p>To help the children’s social care sector innovate and re-design service delivery to achieve higher quality and better value for money, the department has invested almost £250 million since 2014 in our ‘Innovation Programme’ and ‘Partners in Practice Programme’. As part of this, the department has committed £20 million to provide additional support to local authorities where the risk of service failure is highest.</p><p>The former Department of Health has also committed an additional £1.4 billion for mental health services for children, young people and new mothers in the five years up to 2020; and the Government has been consulting on the green paper Transforming children and young people's mental health provision – which includes proposals to provide additional provision in support of mental health and wellbeing backed with a further £300 million in funding.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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HL5566 more like this
HL5567 more like this
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less than 2018-03-06T17:42:09.353Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-06T17:42:09.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-12-19more like thismore than 2017-12-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Children remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Local Government Association that there will be a £2 billion funding gap in children’s social care by 2019–20. more like this
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Baroness Bertin more like this
unstar this property uin HL4305 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-05more like thismore than 2018-01-05
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities increased spending on children and young people’s services to £9.2 billion in 2016-17. The government provides funding annually for children’s services through the general, ‘Local Government Finance Settlement’ approved by Parliament. Children’s services funding is not ring-fenced within the wider settlement.</p><p>The Local Government Association’s analysis is based on changes to elements of local government funding that can be spent on children’s services (including core council tax, locally retained business rates, the Revenue Support Grant and the Education Services Grant). It also includes a potential increase in demand for services arising from population trends and inflation.</p><p>The government recognises the role that councils play in providing services such as children’s social care. Local authorities in England will have access to more than £200 billion to deliver these services between 2015-16 and 2019-20. This year’s finance settlement for local government will see a real term increase in resources available to councils, from £44.3 billion in 2017-18 to £45.6 billion in 2019-20. Local authorities will have two years of real term increases in resources.</p><p>To help the children’s social care sector innovate and re-design service delivery to achieve higher quality and better value for money, the department has invested £200 million since 2014 in our ‘Innovation Programme’ and ‘Partners in Practice Programme’. As part of this, the department has committed £20 million to provide additional support to local authorities where the risk of service failure is highest.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-01-05T13:36:18.37Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-05T13:36:18.37Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Bertin more like this