Essex CC is having to deal with 30 per cent more children in care than just three years ago - up to 400 new childre...
Essex CC is having to deal with 30 per cent more children in care than just three years ago - up to 400 new children a month, the equivalent of a small primary school.
The East Anglian Daily Times (p1) reports that the social services resources sub-committee of Essex CC heard that the 'looking after' children's budget is headed for a £2m overspend.
Mervyn Juliff, chair of Essex CC social services committee, told the paper: 'We are finding children need to be in care for longer periods of time,' he said.
'Unfortunately we have more and more difficult families to deal with and more and more difficult children.'
A council spokesman told the paper that the predicted overspend was not a cause for concern as there were areas in the social services budget where underspends are expected.