Kingston and Richmond launch joint child services company Achieving for Children to save £6m

Achieving for Children chief executive Nick Whitfield

Achieving for Children chief executive Nick Whitfield

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A new company set up to run Kingston and Richmond’s children’s services, with the aim of saving £6m over three years, launched yesterday.

The Achieving for Children social enterprise company is jointly owned by the two councils and will encompass child protection, social care, education and health.

Richmond’s Liberal Democrat politicians had raised concerns the company could be sold off to private interests in future by the ruling Conservative party.

But Kingston Council leader Liz Green denied the possibility last year.

The merger comes after Kingston’s children’s services were rated “inadequate” by Ofsted two years running.

The enterprise, which has taken three years and £1.5m to set up, will be overseen by government watchdog the Regulator of Community Interest Companies.

Chief executive Nick Whitfield, previously director of children’s services, thanked Richmond and Kingston council officers for their work in preparing for the launch.

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12:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Taking out £6 million will only lead to poorer services and probably more at 'risk children' going undetected
Taking out £6 million will only lead to poorer services and probably more at 'risk children' going undetected Twickenham Bob
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8:58am Thu 3 Apr 14

Concerned_Resident says...

All that effort and all that time and just £6m saved across two councils over three years?! That's just £500k each a year. What was the point?
All that effort and all that time and just £6m saved across two councils over three years?! That's just £500k each a year. What was the point? Concerned_Resident
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6:43am Fri 4 Apr 14

eyeopener says...

Nick Whitfield has been the puppet master of Richmond's education policy for years, so at least this way he can no longer hide behind his political 'masters', who eagerly and naively latch on to every controversial idea he evangelises (Kunskapskollan, AET, Clifden Road).

My question is this: now that he's floated his boat, can our democratically elected representatives shop around for ideas, or does he still have a monopoly?
Nick Whitfield has been the puppet master of Richmond's education policy for years, so at least this way he can no longer hide behind his political 'masters', who eagerly and naively latch on to every controversial idea he evangelises (Kunskapskollan, AET, Clifden Road). My question is this: now that he's floated his boat, can our democratically elected representatives shop around for ideas, or does he still have a monopoly? eyeopener
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