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Funding challenges facing children's services explored by Committee

25 February 2019

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee continues its inquiry into funding of local authorities' children's services on Monday 25 February with a session hearing from Ofsted, the Children's Commissioner, the LGO and various local authority and staff representatives.

The Committee's evidence session will seek a nation-wide view of the funding challenges facing children's services and the effectiveness of current local authority solutions to address increasing demand. It will look at variations in spending and outcomes across the country, and the role of private sector in providing services.

The session will also examine staffing challenges, with high vacancy rates, staff turnover, and usage of agency staff increasing costs.


Monday 25 February, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

From 4.00pm

  • Yvette Stanley, National Director for Children's Social Care, OFSTED
  • Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England
  • Sharon Chappell, Assistant Ombudsman, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

From 5.00pm

  • Ruth Allen, Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Social Workers
  • Stuart Gallimore, President of ADCS and Director of Children's Services in East Sussex, Association of Directors of Children's Services
  • Allan Madeley, Commissioning Coordinator, Liverpool City Region Local Authorities
  • Councillor Roy Perry, Deputy Chair, Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association

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