£500k council cash handover for Doncaster adoption campaign

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones launches the council's Fostering recruitment drive. Picture: Antony Oxley
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones launches the council's Fostering recruitment drive. Picture: Antony Oxley
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Doncaster Council is receiving nearly half a million pounds from neighbouring North Lincolnshire Council over the next three years to help fund an adoption recruitment campaign.

Doncaster has been selected to lead a regional communications campaign urging people to become involved in adopting - and cash currently held by the NLC will be transferred over to help fund the drive.

Doncaster Council’s ruling cabinet approved the move at a meeting last week after considering a report outlining the proposal.

The project is due to last for three years and North Lincolnshire will hand over just more than £499,000 during that time.

A review will be held after 12 months to ensure the arrangement is working for all parties.

The report said: “The funding transfer arrangements have been set up to reflect this with an initial payment to cover all year one costs and then the remainder is transferable for years two and three for ongoing campaign roll-out and management if appropriate.”

In June this year, councils involved in the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium were awarded grants by the Department of Education to fund regional adoption plans.

Doncaster was then chosen to deliver the shared plan, viewed as the best option following the authority’s recent success at the LGA communications awards where Doncaster won a gold award for value for money in delivering a local fostering campaign.

The report stated that leaving the cash with the NLC would make accountability ‘blurred’ and make it difficult for Doncaster Council to effectively manage the project and so the handover was considered best.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “This shows we are going forward and delivering the right kind of service to lead on adoption for the whole of the region. This shows we are taking things in the right direction and becoming a leading light to other authorities, along with changes we are making to children’s services.”