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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
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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 Children: Social Services 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
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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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
star this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753933
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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 are being taken to improve the performance of Ofsted in responding to family members who raise matters of concern in relation to children's services departments and children's homes. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL1079 more like this
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unstar 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>This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to you and a copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:17.147Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:17.147Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
star 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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 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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unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
star this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
755107
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 Her Majesty's Government whether they monitor the performance of Ofsted in relation to that agency's responses to family members who raise concerns relating to (1) children's services, and (2) children's homes; and what steps, if any, they are taking to improve that performance. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL1116 more like this
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unstar 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>Ofsted is a Non-Ministerial Government Department and is not an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). The responsibility for performance rests with Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, with oversight undertaken by the Ofsted Board. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector also reports to the Education Select Committee on matters relating to Ofsted’s performance.</p><p>Officials from DfE’s and Ofsted’s social care teams engage with one another frequently so that any policy or operational issues, including how concerns raised by families are dealt with, can be addressed. Where appropriate DfE raises issues of concern with Ofsted and refers members of the public to Ofsted’s complaints procedure.</p><p>The details of how Ofsted addresses improvement in performance on these matters will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:52.54Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:52.54Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
star 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 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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
star this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
751175
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star this property date less than 2017-07-12more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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, further to the announcement of additional resources for services for vulnerable children and families through the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme, what additional amounts will be allocated to (1) each of the Partners in Practice local authorities, and (2) Spring Consortium, to facilitate and monitor the activities of Partners in Practice, for each of the years (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, and (c) 2018–19. more like this
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie more like this
unstar this property uin HL772 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>Since the announcement of the Partners in Practice programme in 2016, no additional funding has been allocated to the Partners in Practice local authorities. The Partners in Practice programme aims to model excellence in children’s social care and increase capacity in the sector to drive improvement. An independent evaluation of the programme is currently underway. This evaluation will provide the Department with a robust mechanism for measuring the impact of the projects and the conditions required for change. It will also enable the Department to share insights and learning with the sector to achieve wider reform.</p><p> </p><p>The Spring Consortium is contracted by the Department to support the delivery of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. While this includes providing some support to deliver the Partners in Practice programme, no specific amount of funding has been ring-fenced for this purpose.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T09:44:58.217Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T09:44:58.217Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Watson of Invergowrie more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star 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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 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
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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
star this property grouped question UIN
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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star 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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 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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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Bertin more like this
845367
star this property registered interest false more like this
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 Children: Social Services remove filter
unstar 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 impact on service users of the projected £2 billion funding shortfall in children’s services by 2020 as forecast by the Local Government Association. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL5567 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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
star this property grouped question UIN
HL5565 more like this
HL5566 more like this
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less than 2018-03-06T17:42:09.507Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-06T17:42:09.507Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this