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Cuts To Other Services Will Pay For Children's Services Improvements

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 27 August 2013

Northamptonshire County Council says money will be found to improve its Children's Services, even if that means cuts to other services. Ofsted says the Council's Children's Service is inadequate.

The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Heather Smith says if the service doesn't improve she will consider her position.

Reporter Willy Gilder outlines the detail of the report while Stuart talks to Councillor Haether Smith, to Alex Hopkins, the Council's Director for Children, Families and Education, to Councillor Brendan Glynane, Leader of the Liberal Democrats opposition group, and to Ruth Cartwright, the England Manager of the British Association of Social Workers.


* the overspend on the Corby Cube is set to rise to £15.6-million with Councillors being asked for an extra £600,000 to stop the roof leaking and to finish off the 4th floor of the building

* a mother from Flore who lost her 14-year old son to meningitis is preparing to compete in the Great North Run to help fight the disease

* hospital food is rated "OK" at Kettering General Hospital but not so good at Northampton General Hospital

* 400 local youngsters have spent six weeks helping others and raising thousands of pounds in the process as part of a new government initiative called National Citizen Service

* an "alternative spa" in Corby is offering beauty therapy involving snails being put on your face

* the captain of Northants Steelbacks YB40 side, Alex Wakely, reflects on the County missing out on a semi-final place by the narrowest of margins


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