- Are children’s services departments in danger of privatisation?
- What has prompted Birmingham to take this radical step?
- What legal framework will be used to facilitate this arrangement?
- What will this mean in practice for the social workers, childcare lawyers and people they provide services for in the Birmingham area?
- Who will fund this trust?
- Birmingham is the largest local authority in England and has been having problems with children’s service provision for many years, is this step likely to be repeated elsewhere?
- Is it possible to assess whether this intervention is related to cuts to government financing of local authorities?
Local Government analysis: Birmingham’s children’s services department is to be run by a trust. Matthew Fletcher, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, considers whether local authorities who underperform are in danger of losing control to external providers.
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