By Nick Spoors
Published on 21/02/2013
The head of Northamptonshire County Council has denied the head of social services is being moved on over a damning inspection report on children’s services.
Councillors at today’s County Hall meeting alleged that the children’s social services department had received a very poor draft Ofsted report and Charlie MacNally’s imminent departure is linked to him being head of the service.
They said the draft report from the visit, for which Ofsted were invited by the local authority’s bosses, was so bad a repeat emergency inspection is now planned.
They said safeguarding issues had been raised and demanded that an agreement between Ofsted and Northamptonshire County Council, put in place before the inspection, be waived.
Councillor Tony Clarke (Ind, Castle), alleged the reasons behind Mr MacNally’s departure, as well as the surprise announcement today that a proposed £2.6m cut to children’s social care has been reinstated, were actions based on the draft report.