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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.
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. Seehere
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.