A consultation on proposals to fund a £5.5m redirection of cash to support City Council services that protect vulnerable children has been extended to give residents more time to have their say.
The proposals, which were first announced last month, are to allow the authority to prioritise significant investment in services for children now and in future years.
The extension means that the consultation will run for more than seven weeks in total, until Thursday 3 October, and people are encouraged to have their say by visiting www.stoke.gov.uk/midyearbudget.
The extra time is being given to allow people as much opportunity as possible to have their say. Since the proposals were launched, feedback and comments have been listened to, and changes to a number of proposals are being considered to reflect those views. Residents are encouraged to continue to have their say.
The proposals include:
- A review of council staffing including all back office support functions, which is ongoing. It is anticipated that most, if not all, reductions in posts would be through voluntary redundancy.
- Transforming services to be delivered even more effectively and efficiently.
- Controls of all non-essential spending on areas such as recruitment and travel.
- Reviewing contracts and continuing to identify alternative funding sources and additional income.
- Reviewing landscaping maintenance.
The proposals follow an Ofsted judgement earlier this year that found children’s services to be ‘inadequate’. Since that time, the council has worked at pace to develop a robust improvement plan, appoint a new management team, strengthen arrangements for people making contact with the service, and improve support for foster carers.
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