DCSF cuts will target field forces

DCSF logo_smallBy Lauren Higgs and Ross Watson Children & Young People Now 7th January 2010

Field forces are to bear the brunt of cutbacks at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), CYP Now has learned. Last month’s Pre-Budget Report earmarked savings of £350m between 2011 and 2013 to be made by the DCSF. CYP Now understands that at least £200m of this will come from a radical scaling back of field forces, which aim to support services to improve and cost in the region of £500m every year. The remaining cash will be saved by streamlining various pilots and programmes.

It is thought some contracts for support, which are coming to an end, will be cut, and others will be trimmed. Read the full article at Children and Young People Now

Is it a paradox that the budget cuts now present a real opportunity for the DCSF to demonstrate the benefits of integrated working? Find out who the field forces are in this article from Children and Young People Now

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