The Plymouth Herald is reporting that the annual budget return has shown that Devon County Council overspent by almost £14 million on children’s social work and child protection.
The authority spent millions of pounds on agency social workers following a damning Ofsted report three years ago which deemed its child protection services “inadequate”.
In her end of term report to council leaders, Mrs Davis said the overspend was “mainly the result of more children being placed in care than allowed for in the budget”.
She added: “The cost of social workers was also higher than budgeted.
“The council must ensure that it stays within the increased budget set for 2016/17 and that there is not a repeat of the children’s services overspending either in that service or any other service.”
Shadow leader and Liberal Democrat Alan Connett said the council was putting “a brave face on very worrying figures which show out of control spending across key areas”.
“It’s particularly worrying that in children’s services, the council over spent by £14 million, that’s £1.1m a month, and still isn’t getting a grip on costs and agency staff.
“Devon is also stretching repair times for potholes and re-classifying so called defects so they can perhaps be left longer before repairs are undertaken.”
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