2023-01-25 06:20:05

Swindon: 148 children in care live outside borough

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By Aled Thomas & Clara Bullock

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A council has said 148 children and 203 adults in its care live outside the borough.

Swindon Borough Council said the cost of these out-of-borough placements is expected to be 33.68m for this financial year.

Many of the placements are on the border of Swindon in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or Oxfordshire.

Council leader David Renard said there were "not enough placements" in the borough for those needing help.

The figures were provided by the council in response to a question lodged at the last full meeting by Labour councillor Jim Grant.

Mr Renard answered that many of the children and young people "are living close to Swindon in neighbouring local authorities" meaning "they can access Swindon services".

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