Thursday, 11 May 2017

Consensus on cuts

If you read my last post you would have seen some scary statistics. But there’s nothing new or very original about them. They are commonly accepted.

Today the Guardian reports that the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that unremitting rises in demand for children’s services, including safeguarding and child protection, are rapidly outstripping resources as local authorities wrestle with swingeing budget cuts.

Cllr Richard Watts, chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, is quoted as saying: “Services caring for and protecting vulnerable children are now, in many areas, being pushed to breaking point … the demand for children’s social care services has more than doubled and is stretching local authority resources.”

So, there isn’t much dispute about the facts. It would be nice if there was consensus about a solution. That consensus should be: services for vulnerable children and young people have to be adequately funded. Full-stop. Period. End of story.

Perhaps all the politicians currently jostling for votes in the general election campaign would like to commit to that. Simples.