Socialist Worker

Privatisation of children's services will only deepen failure

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2484

David Cameron has said the Tories will take “failing” children’s services out of the control of local authorities. They could be handed to “teams of experts”.

Cameron is using child abuse scandals such as that in Rotherham (see below), where councils failed to protect children, to push privatisation.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said improving services was “not just about money”.

She played down the impact of Tory cuts to council funding saying, “Local authorities have protected children’s services.”

Yet funding for young people’s services in Rotherham was slashed by 59 percent between 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Cuts of over 50 percent were also imposed in Sheffield and Hull.

Rotherham suffered one of the biggest cuts in the whole of Yorkshire. The budget was cut again by 26 percent between 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Funding for young people’s services in Leeds was slashed by nearly a third in real terms between 2010-11 and 2012.

Figures compiled by charity 4Children in October showed that two thirds of children’s centres in England had their budgets cut in the previous 12 months.

Tory cuts make children less safe—and privatising key services won’t make them safer.


If you enjoy Socialist Worker, please consider giving to our annual appeal to make sure we can maintain and develop our online and print versions of Socialist Worker. Go here for details and to donate.

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.