Labour MPs and councillors in Stoke-on-Trent have written to the local government secretary asking for more cash for the city council to spend on children's services.
Its after figures revealed a record number of youngsters are currently in the care system in the city due to abuse and neglect.
In a letter to Robert Jenrick MP, the newly appointed Cabinet Member for Local Government, they say: “We believe it is the first duty of any Government, whether local or national, to protect and ensure the safety of their citizens, particularly the most vulnerable people and children at risk.”, before asking the Government to hand over the money needed to improve the safety of the City’s children.
The 2019 OfSted report into Children’s Services rated the department as inadequate in all areas. The Conservative and City Independent leadership are now seeking to make £5,500,000 cuts to frontline services to generate the additional cash needed to fix the failing Children’s Services department.
Labour MPs Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell said: “The safety of our vulnerable and at risk children should be the number one priority for any Government. While commissioners examine the best way forward, the Government should give a commitment to help meet the costs of whatever comes next. At the end of the day, the safety of our children should not be put at risk because of budget cuts”
The panic-stricken emergency budget being proposed by the Conservative and City Independent run council will see 900 staff at risk of redundancy and 100's of front line staff lose their jobs and Christmas events cancelled.
Mohammed Pervez, Leader of the Opposition Labour Group said: “Councillors are already getting complaints about the lack of grass cutting, the increase in fly-tipping and the state of the roads. These cuts will make a bad situation even worse. The Council’s staff work incredibly hard and are being treated appallingly by the new Leader and her cabinet. Rather than cutting jobs and services, the Tories should be asking their political masters in Westminster for the money needed to keep our children safe.”