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Scottish Child Services 'Need Extra £161M'

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Child Services 'Need Extra £161M'

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Social work services for vulnerable children in Scotland are being underfunded by almost £161m, a leading authority on public finance has claimed.

Professor Arthur Midwinter, who carried out an independent assessment on behalf of the Association of Directors of Social Work in Scotland, said the growing funding shortfall was wholly exceptional for a major local authority service.

'While the Executive has provided additional funding for initiatives and joint working, it has neglected core funding of children's services,' he stated in a report released this week.

ADSW Scottish president David Crawford said: 'This means that services such as fostering and residential care are only funded by moving money from other areas of local authority responsibility, such as older people services.'

Crawford said the ADSW was gravely concerned by Midwinter's findings and had sent the report to Education and Young People Minister Peter Peacock and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. …

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