Collapse of children’s services partnership to cost £1.5 million

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Plans to end the joint delivery by three London boroughs of child protection services will cost as much as £1.5 million a new report reveals.

The pioneering partnership, between the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea was established in 2011 and their joint child protection services have been praised by Ofsted. The three councils also collorate in the delivery of adult social care and public health initiatives.

Westminister a nd Kensington & Chelsea, both controlled by Tory councillors, anounced plans to remove Labour-run Hammersmith & Fulham earlier this year, claiming the latter was in the process of establishing its own department to take over services currently delivered jointly.

Hammersmith & Fulham meanwhile, said the three-borough partnership lacked transparency and was hampered by conflcts of interest.

Hammersmith & Fulham will be expelled  on 1 April next year. The new report claims that the resulting transition to two borough partnership could cost as much as £1.5 million.

“[The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea] and [Westminster City Council] are cognisant of the fact that [the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham]’s withdrawal from large shared services such as adult social care, public health, and children’s services, will impose costs on its partners and on itself. At this stage that cost cannot be properly calculated, but it is likely to be over £0.5m each and very probably more.”

Read the report here.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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