Children’s round-up, 30th July

Running with Scissors has been online for a couple of weeks now. This is a selection of relevant tweets and links about cuts and children’s services in general that we have shared so far. When we launched the website there was a political crisis in Birmingham children’s services. Peter Duxbury, the strategic director, was gone…

Cuts in local funding hit the most deprived areas

If you are curious and you have a look to the Birmingham City Council budget for 2013 you will notice that one of the first things they mention is a graph very similar to the one shown above. This is commonly known as the Jaws of Doom and it represents the gap between the foreseen…

How is child poverty distributed in Birmingham?

Children living in poverty by local authority and nation. 2010 | Infographics Birmingham is the 10th city in England with the highest rate of child poverty, affecting about one third of the local children. The infographic above is based on the data provided by HM Revenue & Customs in 2010 and shows the figures for…

Welcome!

Children’s services in Birmingham are always a complex topic to talk about. In the last few years they have been involved in a serious scandal following several child deaths that could have been avoided. At least this is what the government agency Ofsted said. Now, with the recent wave of cuts in public spending, Birmingham…