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 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…