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ELDERLY SERVICES CUT TO FUND CHILDREN ACT DUTIES

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Cambridgeshire county councillors are warning that the legal requirements placed on them by the Children Act are pr...
Cambridgeshire county councillors are warning that the legal requirements placed on them by the Children Act are proving prohibitively expensive, reports BBC Cambridgeshire.

Money is having to be taken away from services for the elderly in both residential and community care to make up a projected shortfall of £1 million in the budget for children.

Liberal Democrat Social Services Spokeswoman Sheila Friend-Smith said the situation was becoming 'desperate'. They were 'having to take the begging bowl to the policy committee to ask for more money'.

She added: 'Obviously we don't suddenly expect somebody to ride out of the sky and produce the money. The main point of this is to highlight the difficulties we are facing in the children's budget, and we hope that policy (committee) might possibly provide a safety-net for some of the expenses we are incurring'.
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