Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Here’s an alarming story with deeply biased reporting from the BBC. It reports that the number of looked-after children reaches a record high, with 90 taken into care every day last year.

Source: Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Reading the story quickly, it’s easy to come away with the conclusion that the negative trend is because of the government’s austerity policies. It ignores that some local authorities have been more effective than other in introducing effective cost reductions, rather than cuts to quality and service.

There is also room for concern about the concistency of quality of service from care workers. There’s a worrying public sector trend of laying off the most experienced staff who also happen to be the most expensive. Government bean-counters will look to the cost per employee but are oblivious to the quality of the deliverable.

Then there’s context. Why have the numbers deteriorated? Is it to do with the lifestyles of their parents and guardians?

It’s a shame that the BBC, once the gold-standard is now so biased.

Thoughts?

 

 

Opinion – Treasury must get a grip on financial risks highlighted by accounts – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

Read the original Public Accounts Committee report on the financial risk in the Whole of Government Accounts.

Source: Treasury must get a grip on financial risks highlighted by accounts – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

Having been a finance director of a major UK government department, I can readily relate to the content of the report.

As I read the PAC report I worry that these findings might have been OK pre-Brexit decision but now a much tougher regime is required.

Risk modelling needs to be much more sophisticated and sensitivity analysis is required against alternative Brexit scenarios. Also best practice in the private sector is necessary, like WGA in three work days. There is is still enormous opportunity for consolidation across government moving to national service centres.

Thoughts?