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CHILDREN AT RISK GAIN£75M EXTRA GRANT

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The Department of Health will give councils an extra£75 million next year to provide services for children at risk...
The Department of Health will give councils an extra£75 million next year to provide services for children at risk.

The Quality Protects initiative is intended to help children in care by reducing the number of times they are moved, ensuring they receive a proper education and helping them after the age of 16.

Health secretary Frank Dobson said: 'Even though social services are doing some good work, many children have been let down. Councils must act as true parents to children at risk or in their care.'

Total extra funding over the next three years will be£375m.

In 1999-2000 the government intends to allocate 50% of the grant on the basis of the 1998-1999 standard spending assessments and 50% on the basis of the 1999-2000 SSAs. Councils will not be required to make a contribution from other funding.

Indicative allocations are open for consultation until 12 January.

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