Northamptonshire budget plans children’s service cuts

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed its draft budget for 2020-21, with plans to carry out a £4 million cut to its children's services, that were described by Ofsted as ‘failing’.

The decision is part of £23.2 million of savings made by the county council, in what is likely to be the last budget before the council, along with district and borough councils, will be replaced by two unitary authorities in April 2021. Legislation to scrap the existing set up has been shelved.

The council's children's services was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors in July, with two serious case reviews finding that the council had failed to protect two murdered children in 2017 and 2018.

Northamptonshire County Council was twice banned from new expenditure last year due to the financial crisis which led to the proposed formation of the two new unitary authorities.

The draft budget also includes a £12.9 million cut from adult services and a staff pay increase of four per cent.