The BOROUGH leaders hope that an increase in the social services tax for children will help transform the service provided to the most vulnerable children in Cheshire East.

Cheshire East's board is expected to approve its budget for next year at a full board meeting on Feb. 21, with a 2.99 percent increase in taxes.

One percent of this increase will be allocated to the growing needs of youth advisory services.

Cllr Jos Saunders, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said, "In recent years, the number of children in care has increased.

"The majority of them are ordered by courts, so we have the duty to give them the best possible care.

"We are not an exception – this situation is present throughout the country."

Local authorities have also seen an increase in the demand for services to help children with "high needs" – which may require special education, adding to the transportation budget by bringing children to schools further away from their place of work. residence.

Last year, the CEC and NHS groups in the district were victims of a joint inspection of Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, which highlighted the problems encountered in the borough's offer for young people with special educational needs (SEN).

But in next year's budget, the council plans to make significant investments to improve the service.

Cllr Saunders said, "We are increasing the number of our SEN investments – realigning our children's services funding to more than £ 700,000.

Winsford Guardian:

"We are increasing £ 500,000 on SEN key employees, school psychologists, etc. It's the people who develop the health and care plans, and we need them – not just on time, but quality is essential.

"A local authority not far from us was doing them quickly, but the quality was not at the rendezvous. We want to have both. "

The CEC is also expected to finance nine additional social workers, increase the number of places in SEN schools and open four additional homes for children in care.

The board is also about to invest in its family-focused team and work with 1,900 "struggling families."

He will receive £ 1,000 in advance for each family he works with, and £ 800 extra if he has achieved his goals – with the money to reinvest in youth work.

In the end, the board hopes that this proactive work will save money in the long run by providing the most effective support possible later in life.

Cllr Janet Clowes, Cabinet Member for Social Welfare and Adult Integration, added, "We are starting these conversations with children and their families from the age of 14.

"This means that at the age of 19 to 25, they are known for adult services and we have already begun to work together to develop the care packages that will best meet their needs."

The CEC tax increase for 2019-2020 is equivalent to a 78 pence per week supplement for an average household – the Band D property tax from 1 404.28 to 1 446.27 £ for the month of April.