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Nottinghamshire Council children’s services 

Location: UK » East Midlands » NG

Nottinghamshire County Council agreed severe cuts to children’s services on 14th July 2010, including:

* a massive 85 percent cut to funding for extended schools schemes, which include breakfast clubs and booster literacy and numeracy classes in the early morning and after school. The council’s own assessment says that “the impact is most likely to be on the most disadvantaged children”

* a 30 percent reduction in the school intervention grant, which promotes partnership work between schools to raise standards. The council describes the grant as “a key budget for raising achievement in secondary

* cutting a quarter of the funding for courses for school staff on children with special educational needs

* funding for work with the voluntary sector to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime will fall by 60 percent

* cuts to funding to reduce teenage pregnancies and substance misuse by children and young people. With regards to the latter, the council admits that the funding cuts “will have a potentially negative impact on outcomes for children and young people and may result in the need for further action to address escalating substance misuse in the future”

While these cuts - which were in response to reduced grants from central government - apply to 2010/11, they are likely to become permanent due to the local government funding cuts announced in the October 2010 Spending Review.

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