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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Neath Port Talbot's 'Oliver Twist' children's social services criticised for asking for more.





CHILDREN'S social services in Neath and Port Talbot have been compared to Oliver Twist because of the way bosses keep coming back to ask for more.

They have gone over their staff costs budget by £450,000 despite being given an extra £1.3 million this year — leading to accusations they have created an impression of rewarding financial mismanagement.

Most of the overspend is down to the authority failing to recruit enough social workers, meaning they have to keep paying for more expensive agency workers.

Officers argue the expense is justified because Neath Port Talbot has the highest proportion of looked-after children in the UK, and they could not turn away vulnerable or at-risk youngsters.

However, members of the children, young people and education cabinet board voiced concern after being told the overall financial pressures on children's services now exceeded £1.2 million.

Councillor Rob Jones said: "When I started reading this (officers' report), I thought I was reading Charles Dickens.

"I thought it was Oliver Twist. You've been given £1.3 million and you're coming back to ask for more.

"There is no more. When you look at the figures, the bowl is empty. You're asking to come back and lick the bowl and eat the crumbs, and taking money from other areas."



Head of children's services Andrew Jarrett said the council was in a very difficult and unprecedented situation with children's services.

"We cannot turn away children who are vulnerable and at risk. We still have to bring them into a safe place, and that will cost money," he said.

"My job is to ensure that, going forward, we are planning for the proper and robust management of finances, but also proper and robust management of our children."

Mr Jarrett said there were around 490 looked-after children in Neath Port Talbot, the highest rate in Wales and the UK based on population.

He said: "I'm working to get that down, but we need to do that in a safe and measured way. I'm not going to be able to do that overnight."

Mr Jones responded: "Nobody would want to turn a child away or put a child in danger. We have a statutory duty.

"What it appears is that we are rewarding financial mismanagement. I'm not making any accusations of wrongdoing, but it sends out the wrong message to other departments that are struggling to balance their books.

"They ask why children's services are allowed to get away with such a vast overspend. It is the wrong message, and I think one of the things this council needs to look at is financial management with children's services."

Mr Jarrett said the department was not raiding the reserves of other departments or schools. "A lot of this money is coming from central reserves, and we will have to pay that back," he added.

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OK NOW THE TRUTH

What the corrupt and disgusting South Wales Evening Post will never tell you is this.

Remember without the willing help of the South Wales Evening Post the Linda Lewis cover up and the abuse of her 13 year old daughter could never have happened. See here

The " Justice 4 Linda Lewis Campaign " does not sleep 1.5 million people are now aware of what Neath Port Talbot Social Services have done thanks to a recent interview that I did on a US radio station.

The Mason Case which is being fought justly and vigorously by good people will not go away. This case is evil and will be exposed whether another illegal injunction is applied for or not.

My thanks to the Social Workers who are now willingly passing on information a to what REALLY IS HAPPENING  in Social Services.

A Neath Port Talbot Social Worker is currently under internal investigation and has been taken off another case which defies all reason.

Replacing this person is a sicko and satanist who is desperately trying to avoid any further investigation into the original crime committed. They will fail.

No Social Worker in their right mind will work for Neath Port Talbot Social Services.It is out of control.

It is a " Poisoned Chalice ."

Slowly but surely legal action is being planned by many that will bring this corrupt authority and the guilty perverted judges that allow all this to happen to it's knees.

The Truth Will Always Out.   

11 comments:

Dan said...


Well said kevin good article

Linda Lewis WILL get justice one day and i beleive it won't be long coming.

Dan

Anonymous said...


The ones in Social Services in my opinion are mentally ill.

JJohn said...


Neath Port Talbot Councillors should be doing something about Social Service department.

THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL

Councillors should not forget they have been elected to represent the people.

It's a Scandle the way the Lewis Family have been treated by the said Council.

Jean Barry said...

The Truth Will Always Out.

Yes it will.

Anonymous said...

NPT social services get more money yet does not improve.

Lyn Naylor [sol for LLewis] gets ca 2 million quid from legal aid every year, ca 1 million when acting for LL,

Sucking the teat of the public purse whilst making the kids pay with lost childhoods and poor outcomes.

Cut both budgets and maybe the kids will be safer.

Swansea ss just as bad. Pembrokeshire often in the news – are there any competent ss departments in Wales?

With former NPT social worker Glenys as minister in charge at the WG assembly unlikely to change.

Anonymous said...

NPT social services get more money yet does not improve.

Lyn Naylor [sol for LLewis] gets ca 2 million quid from legal aid every year, ca 1 million when acting for LL,

Sucking the teat of the public purse whilst making the kids pay with lost childhoods and poor outcomes.

Cut both budgets and maybe the kids will be safer.

Swansea ss just as bad. Pembrokeshire often in the news – are there any competent ss departments in Wales?

With former NPT social worker Glenys as minister in charge at the WG assembly unlikely to change.

Anonymous said...


but look at the profits her and her "sisters" make out of legal aid.

wow - no wonder Cameron is cutting legal aid - its obscene that lawyers makes so much money from peddling children between the courts etc.

see online at companies house - avery naylor ltd company 06088927

Anonymous said...


Social Services

These are the people that steal children to provide the paedophile elite with victims.

Scum

Anonymous said...


Any news on the Justice 4 Linda Lewis case.

Anonymous said...

Silent Fraud on a massive scale.
I remind the councillors of their seven principles of public life.
I place them on notice in their third party role and "parental responsibilities" that they are part of the crime against children that are being punished without crime to prop up Council slush funds.

Susan Riggs said...

Cost less if the children in care for no reason were returned to their parents. Both my children come under that category. Two years since I've seen them. And four years in care. Why? I took my daughter to see my GP! Add lies by my own Mother and the children's Father who'd assaulted me three years prior plus a huge budget to waste by Social Services. England's Thurrock council and Neath Port Talbot have made a fortune out of my children as well as the Legal Aid workers - who didn't do a thing, or know my real name because of lies. As you say Kevin, the Mason case will one day be famous. I just pray my daughter and son survive this. By the way - my daughter's medical problem still hasn't been dealt with!!
Ne