‘Radical’ change to reduce costs

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BOSSES at a South Yorkshire council have warned ‘radical measures’ may be needed later this year to tackle a forecast £2.9 million overspend.

Concerns have been raised after a £3.9m overspend was run up in the first quarter of the financial year by the children and young people’s service at Doncaster Council.

Cabinet members heard a range of measures were being taken to rein in spending, including a shift away from using agency staff, a move away from care homes to foster care and reducing non-staffing costs.

But director of finance Simon Wiles said: “If measures have not improved the situation at the next quarterly report in November, we may have to consider more drastic and radical measures to get spending back in line.”

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies told the meeting: “This level of overspending cannot be sustained. Savings and efficiencies have been identified and must be on track.”