Greater London Update April 2017

National Funding Formula

ALDCS has been engaging DfE officials in response to the consultation on the National Funding Formula, which would see 70% of London schools lose funding. As part of our response, Directors have been keen to not only highlight the overall detrimental impact of the reform, but in particular the significant and growing pressure on the High Needs Block.

ALDCS has formally responded to the consultation.

Children’s Social Care Funding Pressures

ALDCS is working with London Borough Treasurers and Chief Executives on developing a deeper understanding of the financial pressures being experienced by children’s social care budgets. Recent analysis of London borough budget outturn positions has revealed that in the majority of councils in the region, overspends on children’s social care is higher than that on adult social care. We are hopeful that our analysis will not only provide a more robust evidence base, but will enable us to understand as a London system what are the drivers of overspends and possible solutions.

Regionalising Adoption

London has been busy during January, February and March developing the service and financial model for a future Regional Adoption Agency. These activities are critical to providing confidence to DCSs in the region that the proposition will deliver quality improvements as well as more efficiency, as well as to ensure officials in the DfE are able to understand the future of adoption in London. Unlike other projects, the DfE has not been willing to provide project funding surety over the long-term; therefore, London is not funded for any activity beyond the 31 March.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

ALDCS will be responding to the Home Office review of the UASC funding rates, using the ADCS analysis of the costs as well as a regional analysis of the borough claims under the existing arrangements.

A Children in Care Council for London

ALDCS has agreed to set up a London Children in Care Council to increase service user participation in London.

A regional CiCC group will provide a participation mechanism that promotes young people’s voices in shaping the system at a regional level and would have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of other children and young people in care and care leavers.

A lead senior manager and local authority will be identified to take on the role of project sponsor to support the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of the project. The lead will be asked to commit to this role for the next three years. A dedicated Participation Officer or commissioned provider will be required to launch the group and support its ongoing work over the first three years.

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