September 30th, 2016

Drive to cut £2.5m bill for vulnerable teens

Drive to cut £2.5m bill for vulnerable teens Drive to cut £2.5m bill for vulnerable teens

A GROUP of vulnerable teenagers which currently cost taxpayers £2.5million-a-year are set to benefit from new council-run accommodation.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to invest £1million into the scheme which will see 83 young people move into new homes.

Some of those teenagers are deemed as ‘children in need’ while others are subject to a Care Order, which means the county council has to provide post-16 supported living accommodation.

But due to the amount it has been costing taxpayers, the Conservative leadership has backed a new project which will help save £312,000 a year.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: “The numbers speak for themselves, a total of 83 young people are costing £2.5million and I think most people would say ‘this is a lot of money’.”

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