Cuts in the Early Intervention Grant threat children’s centres

The Early Intervention Grant will face a 50% reduction over the course of this parliament. Children’s centres, among other programmes, rely on this funding scheme to deliver their services, so they will have to deal with an important budget cut by 2015. The Children’s Society addressed this issue publishing a report proposing better ways of…

Cuts in children’s centres mapped

Cuts in children’s centres are proportional to the number of infants living in the most deprived areas in the country. As the network of centres is divided in 16 localities, the Council considers that depending of the percentage of children living in the 10% most deprived areas of England, the budget reallocation might vary. The…

Interview with John Cotton, cabinet member for social cohesion

John Cotton was elected councillor for first time in 1999 and he represents the Birmingham Shard End Ward. When the Labour party regained the majority of the City Council in 2012 he became Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities. In this interview he addresses the global situation of Birmingham children’s services and how they…

Birmingham children’s services staff cut by a third since 2010

A FOI request by Running with Scissors showed that since 2010, when the cuts agenda began, the number of people working at children’s services (without schools) was slashed by a third. Three years ago the headcount was listed as 9610 employees but nowadays, in 2013, there are 3000 workers less. This staff reduction is not based just…

Children’s roundup, 15th of August

In the last couple of weeks many things happened in children’s services in Birmingham and in the whole country. Here there are some of them. Starting with Birmingham, the new interim children’s services director, Peter Hay, sent a letter to the employees of the directorate to introduce his new leadership. He says he doesn’t “buy…

Interview with Jolyon Jones. The cuts from the barricade

Jolyon Jones is a social worker and an activist against the cuts. He was the secretary of the Solihull local government UNISON branch and now he is part of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) in the West Midlands. Moreover, in the last few months he has been blogging about cuts in children’s services, publishing…