Wiltshire children's services boss defends funding cut

Carolyn Godfrey

Carolyn Godfrey

First published in Trowbridge

Wiltshire Council’s head of children’s services has defended the decision to cut the grant to Stepping Stones, the Trowbridge special needs nursery, without asking elected councillors for their opinion.

Carolyn Godfrey said: “This matter did not need to be referred to committee as it was not a change of policy.

“All of the nurseries do a valuable job and that is why we are still funding them at the same level.”

She said it had not been an option for the council to make up the £10,000 loss in grant to each of the county’s four opportunity nurseries, after the Government closed its Aiming High For Disabled Children fund.

The council has maintained its annual grant of £74,110 to the Trowbridge centre but passed on the loss of £10,000 rather than finding it from other budgets. It means the nursery must itself raise more than £50,000 a year.

 

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8:34am Sun 2 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

A jumped up servant thinks she's the master. Time she was put back in her place.
A jumped up servant thinks she's the master. Time she was put back in her place. frankie007
  • Score: 9

9:31am Sun 2 Mar 14

artiprod says...

As long as she got her 22% allowance rise she now feel the children don't matter as much in Wiltshire
As long as she got her 22% allowance rise she now feel the children don't matter as much in Wiltshire artiprod
  • Score: 6

10:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

http://www.gazettean
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Surely, it's well past the time for this woman to go. Yet another Public employee desperately clinging on to a job for which she is eminently unsuited together with a salary way beyond her worth.
http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/news/9 670269.Ofsted_report _slates_Wiltshire_Co uncil_for_failing_vu lnerable_children/?r ef=rc Surely, it's well past the time for this woman to go. Yet another Public employee desperately clinging on to a job for which she is eminently unsuited together with a salary way beyond her worth. frankie007
  • Score: 12

1:49pm Sun 2 Mar 14

woodycowboy says...

Yet again senior officer paid £160 K along with all the commisioners within the council paid well contrasting to the hard working childcare workers just paid above minimum wageworking with the counties innocent vulnerable children!
I think they have lost their conscience at the top again.

Stepping Stones provides key support at a time when parents are dealt the blow of a diagnosis for example "Autism" and staff can provide critical support to avoid cases esculating and at time costing the local authority lots more money when families of special needs children can't cope with the strain of care!
Yet again senior officer paid £160 K along with all the commisioners within the council paid well contrasting to the hard working childcare workers just paid above minimum wageworking with the counties innocent vulnerable children! I think they have lost their conscience at the top again. Stepping Stones provides key support at a time when parents are dealt the blow of a diagnosis for example "Autism" and staff can provide critical support to avoid cases esculating and at time costing the local authority lots more money when families of special needs children can't cope with the strain of care! woodycowboy
  • Score: 11

4:18pm Sun 2 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

Get shot of her, that's 40k for each of the centres. Then they'll only have to raise 10k.

Job done.

When she's gone will anyone notice?
Get shot of her, that's 40k for each of the centres. Then they'll only have to raise 10k. Job done. When she's gone will anyone notice? frankie007
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

brandx says...

Not popular, is she?
Not popular, is she? brandx
  • Score: 9

10:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

brasstacks says...

How on earth Ms Godfrey, Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab have the nerve to cut Services they Publish as intending to "continue to maintain", God only knows ?
Their excess spending on their own "image" has got to stop..
The tax payers money they have wasted on personally motivated and self sanctioned political fripperies is appalling and questionable a violation of the use of money that is not theirs to spend ?
I challenge Ms Scott to spend a week in each of the Services she is planning to cut and then perhaps she will finally see the devastation she is causing through political obsession ?
Ms Scott needs to be reminded that some of the Services she is cutting, are an Entitlement for those who need them..
A full Financial Enquiry of Wilts Council is a must now and this time, we do NOT want to see Published a complicated "financial report" that drivels on about "4 year forecasts"..
Services are needed now and NOT "in the next 4 years"..
How on earth Ms Godfrey, Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab have the nerve to cut Services they Publish as intending to "continue to maintain", God only knows ? Their excess spending on their own "image" has got to stop.. The tax payers money they have wasted on personally motivated and self sanctioned political fripperies is appalling and questionable a violation of the use of money that is not theirs to spend ? I challenge Ms Scott to spend a week in each of the Services she is planning to cut and then perhaps she will finally see the devastation she is causing through political obsession ? Ms Scott needs to be reminded that some of the Services she is cutting, are an Entitlement for those who need them.. A full Financial Enquiry of Wilts Council is a must now and this time, we do NOT want to see Published a complicated "financial report" that drivels on about "4 year forecasts".. Services are needed now and NOT "in the next 4 years".. brasstacks
  • Score: 6

10:35am Mon 3 Mar 14

the optimist says...

All I ever hear lately from Wiltshire Council revolves around youth. Can they please remember that there all also grown ups living in Wiltshire but maybe not working at Wiltshire Council?
All I ever hear lately from Wiltshire Council revolves around youth. Can they please remember that there all also grown ups living in Wiltshire but maybe not working at Wiltshire Council? the optimist
  • Score: 5

11:11am Mon 3 Mar 14

brasstacks says...

Well said, 'the optimist"..

The "grown ups at W/C" who are irresponsibly spending Service Budgets are old enough to know better and far too obsessed with their political aspirations and dreams of "westminster"..
The Facts of the matter are that, Residents in Wiltshire of ALL ages are suffering because of Ms Scott and her Cons-Cab's decisions..

We are all still waiting to find out how much Jane got from flogging off Urchfont Manor and Bradley Road Offices and..how much "Rent" she is charging Wilts Police for "office sharing" !!??
Very little is being put back into our Communities and the Budget Awards Wiltshire are getting are being "moved around" to suit the Conservative Cabinet instead of being spent on the Constituents of Wiltshire for whom it is Awarded..
Well said, 'the optimist".. The "grown ups at W/C" who are irresponsibly spending Service Budgets are old enough to know better and far too obsessed with their political aspirations and dreams of "westminster".. The Facts of the matter are that, Residents in Wiltshire of ALL ages are suffering because of Ms Scott and her Cons-Cab's decisions.. We are all still waiting to find out how much Jane got from flogging off Urchfont Manor and Bradley Road Offices and..how much "Rent" she is charging Wilts Police for "office sharing" !!?? Very little is being put back into our Communities and the Budget Awards Wiltshire are getting are being "moved around" to suit the Conservative Cabinet instead of being spent on the Constituents of Wiltshire for whom it is Awarded.. brasstacks
  • Score: 3

3:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

beetawix says...

artiprod wrote:
As long as she got her 22% allowance rise she now feel the children don't matter as much in Wiltshire
as an employee she is paid a salary, not an allowance. your assumption suggests you know very little
[quote][p][bold]artiprod[/bold] wrote: As long as she got her 22% allowance rise she now feel the children don't matter as much in Wiltshire[/p][/quote]as an employee she is paid a salary, not an allowance. your assumption suggests you know very little beetawix
  • Score: -1

3:31am Wed 5 Mar 14

beetawix says...

brandx wrote:
Not popular, is she?
a few unpleasant and idiotic comments made by uninformed numpties do not qualify in any popularity assessment.
[quote][p][bold]brandx[/bold] wrote: Not popular, is she?[/p][/quote]a few unpleasant and idiotic comments made by uninformed numpties do not qualify in any popularity assessment. beetawix
  • Score: -6

3:12pm Thu 6 Mar 14

brasstacks says...

At risk of stating the obvious, it is Jane Scott who should be issuing Press Releases and NOT Ms Godfrey whose Salary of FTE Floor of £134, 503, 000 a year is paid by US to surely provide for Wiltshire Residents WITHOUT any "political/peer manipulation"?....
Wiltshire Council is sadly being Administered by the Conservatives for the Conservatives rather than for the purpose that they are ALL paid for out of tax payers money....
Perhaps Ms Godfrey would like to Formally Confirm if W/C have finally Compensated the Family who they let down in failure of Services a while go??...
Wiltshire Council SHOULD be administered for the people and NOT for selfish and obsessional political gain.....
If Ms Godfrey is being employed on a political basis, then us Residents are NOT getting value for money because there is NO Democracy in allowing Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab to tell her Corporate Directors "what to do or say".....






tlshire
At risk of stating the obvious, it is Jane Scott who should be issuing Press Releases and NOT Ms Godfrey whose Salary of FTE Floor of £134, 503, 000 a year is paid by US to surely provide for Wiltshire Residents WITHOUT any "political/peer manipulation"?.... Wiltshire Council is sadly being Administered by the Conservatives for the Conservatives rather than for the purpose that they are ALL paid for out of tax payers money.... Perhaps Ms Godfrey would like to Formally Confirm if W/C have finally Compensated the Family who they let down in failure of Services a while go??... Wiltshire Council SHOULD be administered for the people and NOT for selfish and obsessional political gain..... If Ms Godfrey is being employed on a political basis, then us Residents are NOT getting value for money because there is NO Democracy in allowing Jane Scott and her Cons-Cab to tell her Corporate Directors "what to do or say"..... tlshire brasstacks
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

brasstacks says...

Dear Ms Scott...we would respectfully remind you of a paragraph in your "speech" on 25th February 2014....

Quote Jane Scott:

"we will continue to prioritise those who are most vulnerable"

Ahem.....is that BEFORE you get your pay rise or AFTER you have worked out WHO is going to suffer because of your personal choice of distribution of Government Funding ??....
Dear Ms Scott...we would respectfully remind you of a paragraph in your "speech" on 25th February 2014.... Quote Jane Scott: "we will continue to prioritise those who are most vulnerable" Ahem.....is that BEFORE you get your pay rise or AFTER you have worked out WHO is going to suffer because of your personal choice of distribution of Government Funding ??.... brasstacks
  • Score: 3

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