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Labour: Northamptonshire needs a £30million child protection bail out from the Government now

By Northampton Herald & Post  |  Posted: October 19, 2013

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A Labour councillor has said an extra £30 million is needed from central government to successfully improve child protection.

Northamptonshire County Council came under fire this week after the latest Ofsted report revealed it was in the bottom 20 local authorities.

The council had already been branded ‘inadequate’ for child protection arrangements earlier this year.

The first stand-alone Social Care Annual Report revealed local authority performance nationally.

Northamptonshire County Cllr John McGhee said: “My view is that after four or five reports I’m not surprised we are in the bottom 20. I’m surpried we’re not at the bottom.

“Jim Harker saying ‘it’s on my watch’.

“The leader and cabinet have got to look at their conscience and ask themselves if they have dealt with this properly? They have allowed it to become this bad.

“We are talking £30 million just for the next year and that should come from national government.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We’ve instigated a root and branch review of all service areas, resulting in a new service structure and we’ve produced revised guidance for people who work with children and young people.”

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