Being Looked After
The blog seems to be developing a pattern of repeated themes as I'm going to continue briefly on the Children's Services/ Looked After Children story.
This morning I go with my Crumpsall Councillor colleague Con Keegan to visit a Children's Home on Seymour Road in our ward. The home started life with twelve beds, was then reduced to nine, and in 2005 further reduced to six beds. Before 2005 it was a regular cause of complaints in the neighbourhood. Not only was it reduced in size it was greatly refurbished to make it look and feel much more like a real home. Since then we've had no complaints at all and twice this year independent Inspectors have judged it 'outstanding'. We didn't get to meet any of the young people living in the home as they were out at school but we did get the chance to congratulate the staff on a job well done.
It's the Council's Executive tomorrow and we have a report on the impact of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review on Manchester people. There is still a lot that is unclear about the review but on the basis of what we do know, the Greater Manchester Commission for the New Economy estimates that Manchester people collectively will lose £62m a year in cash and that it will be several years before employment returns to pre-recession levels. That's all money that would have gone straight back into the economy so there is a knock on effect as well, but the bottom line is, that for the next few years the city will have a lot of people who are a lot poorer in a world that is becoming more expensive. The challenge for the Council as always is to find ways of dealing positively with the consequences of that.