Children’s service privatisation plans “dead in the water”


Recently announced government plans to privatise children’s services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the post of Education Secretary an MP has claimed.

Occasionally controversial former minister Tim Loughton said the plans faced now faced a very uncertain future. The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham in Sussex claimed:

“The response to the recent proposals on the consultation on contracting out responsibility for some children’s services went down very badly. In my view [the proposals] were borne out of ideology rather than pragmatism and were driven quite a bit by Michael Gove.”

He added:

“That one is pretty dead in the water [without Gove]. The plans will lose momentum.”

The government had proposed allowing all children’s services except adoption to be delivered via private companies but the plans met significant opposition from childcare academics, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Workers Union, amongst other organisations.

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