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1 1 Children’s Service budget proposals 2013/14 Formal consultation

2 2Security marking 2 Agenda ● Budget context ● Overall budget proposals ● Specific budget proposals ● Your feedback

3 3Security marking 3 Context ●government is reducing the amount of money available to all local authorities ●Barnet Council has already made savings of £42.4m in the last two years ●the Council needs to make savings of about £55m between 2013/14 and 2015/16 ●all areas in the Council must make savings Pressures facing Children’s Service ●growing population, 27% increase in births since 2002/03 – places strain on all areas including social care ●need for more primary school places – 19 extra Reception classes created for September 2012, more applications coming in daily ●increasing costs of high level services – SEN and children in care

4 4Security marking 4 Children’s Service priorities include: ●We remain committed to ensuring the safety of all Barnet’s children, and ensuring that every school is a good school and sufficient school places are available. We will continue to: ●target vulnerable groups in order to ‘narrow the gap’ between those who may not achieve their potential and all children in Barnet ●provide effective early intervention and prevention ●take a whole family approach to improve outcomes for children and young people ●provide better for less through intelligent commissioning of services

5 5Security marking 5 Two years ago ●two years ago the Children’s Service reduced budgets by £6.4m ●this included: ‒ a reduction in school improvement support (this became a traded service) ‒ reshaping youth services ‒ reducing the number of full children’s centres ‒ reducing the behavioural support team ‒ staffing changes that reduced budgets with a minimal impact on services ●Children’s Service also invested £2.5m to meet unprecedented pressure on children’s social care and to fund more preventative services

6 6Security marking 6 Last year ●last year Children’s Service reduced budgets by £1.044m ●this included: ‒ reducing funding for youth and play activities and starting to charge for some activities ‒ reducing the computer and tuition budgets for children in care ‒ reviewing allowances given to children in care, foster carers and new adoptors ‒ joining up teams to reduce spend on CAMHS ●last year we had over 80 responses to our online survey, and held 20 meetings with stakeholders

7 7Security marking 7 For 2013/14 Children’s Service (inc libraries) need to find further savings of £4.493m and mitigate pressures Libraries due to become part of Children’s Service from 2014/15 (budget not reflected in above, although savings are)

8 8Security marking 8 Approach to savings – Budget proposals for 2013/14 ●make savings through efficiencies from more integrated working and reshaping services – almost half of savings (48%) ●proposed savings through income generation

9 9Security marking 9 Approach to savings – Budget proposals for 2013/14 ●savings from our investment in early intervention and prevention ●savings for libraries

10 10Security marking 10 Budget proposals for 2013/14 ●redesigning services around service reductions

11 11Security marking 11 Youth proposals ●The financial plan for 2013/14 agreed in February 2012, includes £958,000 of savings for youth services. ●However, having examined these savings against our priorities and in light of the riots in summer 2011, a smaller reduction of £500,000 is now proposed, with savings found through efficiencies in other areas instead. ●There are 4 key proposals to achieve total savings of £500,000 for Youth Services.

12 12Security marking 12 Youth proposals Proposal 1A: Achieve better value for money across contracts, especially in youth homelessness provision. A reduction in mediation support for homeless young people is also proposed. ●To help reduce the impact of no dedicated mediation for young people, targeted youth workers would deliver support for homeless young people. ●Proposed saving £120,000

13 13Security marking 13 Youth proposals Proposal 1B: Refocus and reduce back office and youth worker staff supporting targeted youth services, while continuing to guarantee provision of statutory duties. ●These duties include securing sufficient leisure-time educational and recreational activities for young people, and helping young people to participate in education and training. ●We would further target remaining resources and reshape our services to help ensure that the Council continues to support those that need it most and increase formal accreditation in activities and programmes for young people. ●Proposed saving £245,000

14 14Security marking 14 Youth proposals Proposal 1C: Reduce resources to publicise and support delivery of positive activities (for example special interest clubs, arts and cultural activities, and sports activities). We would continue to work closely with partners to make the best use of remaining resources. This would include increasing formal accreditation across activities. ●Proposed saving £65,000 Proposal 1D: Income generation. Schools now have responsibility and funding for careers information, advice and guidance. It is proposed to reduce Council support in line with this. However, there is some demand from schools to purchase careers support from the Council, which would generate income and would reduce the budget saving. There are also opportunities to generate income from play activities in schools. ●Income generation: £70,000

15 15Security marking 15 Sports development Proposal: Reduce support for sports development and continue to promote sports development without additional investment. ●To help reduce the impact of this, sports development would be carried out as part of positive activities work. We would also continue to work with partners, including health, schools and the voluntary sector, to encourage greater use of leisure facilities across the borough, especially through the sport and physical activity review. ●Proposed saving £90,000

16 16Security marking 16 Substance misuse ●The financial plan for 2013/14 agreed in February 2012, includes £150,000 of savings for substance misuse. However, in line with our priorities, a smaller reduction of £84,000 is now proposed, with savings found through efficiencies in other areas instead. Proposal: Retender contract for young people’s substance misuse services to provide better value for money and reduce commissioned services for supporting and preventing substance misuse. ●We would seek to mitigate the impact of this through more integration with our family focus team and the family support workers within our early intervention and prevention service. ●Proposed saving £84,000

17 17Security marking 17 Timeline EventTiming Formal consultation on overall budget with stakeholders to commence 8 November 2012 Formal consultation closes31 January 2013 Final report goes to Cabinet25 February 2013 Report goes to Council5 March 2012 New structure in place1 April 2012

18 18Security marking 18 Your input appreciated ●we will keep you updated on progress via the engage website - ●You can respond to the consultation on all Children’s Service budget proposals via an online questionnaire, which can be found at: ●If you have any comments on the outline proposals please email

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