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Committee question ministers on funding for local authorities’ children’s services

07 March 2019

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee continues its inquiry into funding of local authorities’ children’s services on Monday 11 March when it takes evidence from independent care providers and Government ministers, Rishi Sunak MP and Nadhim Zahawi MP.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will question independent care providers on their role in the provision of children’s services. It will assess how well the present system for commissioning and buying care is providing high quality, value for money care. It will also ask if the market is providing choice to local authorities and consider if the need for profits is driving up costs.

The Committee will also investigate the Government’s perspective on the challenges facing children’s services and their response to them. It will look at how the Government allocates funding, and the services that it expects local authorities to provide from this. It will also look at how the Government is promoting innovative solutions to address current and future challenges.

Witnesses

Monday 11 March 2019, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

From 4pm

Panel 1

  • Jonathan Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Children’s Homes Association
  • Andrew Isaac, Chair, Children's Services Development Group

Panel 2

  • Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education

Further information

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