Thomas Bridge 24 December 2013

Leaders warn of fall in adoption funding

Leaders warn of fall in adoption funding image

Council leaders have questioned ‘new’ government funding for adoption services, warning that town halls could struggle with reduced financial support.

Children and families minister Edward Timpson today announced £50m would be allocated to help local authorities recruit more adopters and house the 6,000 children waiting for a home.

However the Local Government Association (LGA) said the announcement instead marked a fall in the amount of cash available to town halls next year.

Chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, Cllr David Simmonds, said: ‘This isn't new money. It represents a net reduction in funding for local authorities and could impact on services for vulnerable children.

‘This could include early intervention services which can help councils identify children that could benefit from adoption at an early stage.’

Timpson said the ‘further £50m for councils in 2014’ would ‘help them put the building blocks in place to implement our reforms’.

A new leadership board will also be introduced to support councils implement reforms in the Children and Families bill, while an interactive map has been designed to help prospective adopters locate suitable agencies.

Timpson said: ‘Our new adoption leadership board will play an important role ensuring local authorities and adoption agencies stay on track and recruit more adopters.’

Responding to the announcement, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, Andrew Webb, said: ‘The reforms announced today will help local authorities to continue to drive up the number of suitable adopters approved and will give every child who needs a new permanent family, for whatever reason, the very best chance of being matched with one.’

Tackling mistrust about vaccines image

Tackling mistrust about vaccines

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker - Supporting NQSW's

Essex County Council
£40637 - £49183 per annum + + 26 days leave & Local Gov Pension
Senior Practitioner - Supporting NQSW'sPermanent, Full Time£40,637 to £49,183 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult Board

Essex County Council
Senior Communications Manager - Essex Safeguarding Adult BoardFixed Term, Part TimeUp to £36,057 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Manager - Learning & Early Support

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£25,481 - £27,041
You will be expected to manage a team and the workloads of Business Support Officers. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Business Support Officer - Catering

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,312 - £19,698 per annum
This job is Temporary for up to 12 months to cover operational needs. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty & Advice (37 hours)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£30,507 - £38,813
This is an exciting time to be part of this team where we are building our multi -agency team working closely with... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue