Tories deny blocking help to thousands of vulnerable Thurrock children
Date posted: 04-07-2012
THE THURROCK TORIES denied trying to block a radical system to help thousands of Thurrock’s most vulnerable children.
Last night at a meeting of the children’s services overview and scrutiny committee, the Tories pushed for a call-in on the ruling Labour cabinets decision to back a revolutionary system of “early offer of help” which is a strategic framework to support, challenge and change parenting for the children and young people most at risk.
The three Tories who objected (cllrs Halden, Coxshall and Roast) laid out their case stating: “We fully support the aims and ambitions of..the plan.”
They pointed to a mistake in a number of the proposals which referred to help to 3000 families when in fact it should be 3000 children. The council officers admitted the mistake.
The Tories also noted that no specific reference was made to any “faith, voluntary or the privet sector (sic).”
Cllr Halden stressed that they did want to see this legislation go through.
Cllr Halden said: “It is not our intention to talk this out or filibuster right through the summer. There are just some key factors that need to be addressed.”
A number of senior council officers went at great lengths to explain again the structure and intentions of of the offer of help.
Chair, cllr Diana Hale in robust and combative mood did remind the Tory councillors that a senior council officer did come down and speak to the Conservative group about the system however it appeared that neither cllrs Halden or Coxshall attended the meeting.
The committee agreed that having heard from officers on a number of points that the radical strategy could now proceed to the next stage.