Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


28 NOV 2018

Children's Services

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about funding for Children's Services.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Education is reassuring:

Local authorities receive funding through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as from central government. They make decisions on spending for social care for children and young people based on their local needs and priorities. Councils will receive more than £200 billion for local services, including children's social care up to 2020. This forms part of a historic four-year settlement which means councils can plan ahead with certainty.
There is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of children. Many councils are already doing excellent work, but too many young people and their families are being let down by poor quality services. It is clear that decisive action must be taken where performance is not good enough.
Ensuring children get the best possible support is a top priority for the Department for Education and I am encouraged by the investment of £200 million through the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme. This provides councils and the voluntary and community sector with funding and support to develop new and better ways of delivering services. £20 million of investment has been announced for an improvement programme for children's social care services, with a sharp focus on making sure that those at risk of failing can make vital improvements. As well as this, the Budget announced that over the next five years £84 million of social care funding will go to expanding children's social care programmes to 20 further councils with rising numbers of children in care.

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