West Midlands SWAN, in conjunction with Birmingham Unison and Birmingham Against the Cuts, have written to Sir Albert Bore - Leader of Birmingham City Council - about its cuts to children's services budgets and links between these cuts and public criticism of children's services in the city. This includes the OFSTED Inspection of safeguarding services in September 2012 which rated those services to be inadequate.
Simon Cardy (West Midlands SWAN), Caroline Johnson (Birmingham UNISON) and Godfrey Webster (Birmingham Against the Cuts) write:
"We are writing to seek clarification of the additional investment in children’s social care over the next three years. We welcome this significant funding which will help to ensure the stabilisation of frontline services to safeguard children in the city.
We are seriously concerned that this intended funding is insufficient in regard to the level of need in the population, that it fails to close Birmingham’s relative and historic underfunding of children’s social care and that it is being largely funded by cuts to universal and targeted children’s services. It has been reported that the Commissioner for Children’s social care in Birmingham, Lord Norman Warner, considers the level of investment to be inadequate and that three times that amount is required to ensure the necessary improvement of social care services. (source: Chamberlain Files 28th July 2014)..."
They await a response from Sir Albert Bore. Download a copy of the full letter below.