Yes, they have had the bright idea to shift social care costs onto children themselves (along with parents and carers), if they are over 16. They have now put the idea out to consultation, and I implore you to tell them what you think of this hideous plan that, If carers and children do not comply with, will leave them facing legal action.
The proposal, if enacted, will not affect all children. Silver lining and all that. Certain groups of children will remain exempt from the proposed charging regime, which could leave children or their carers with bills of up to £10,000 a year, on top of the circa £50,000 debt they may have after going to University.
The scheme would affect children placed in voluntary care and the council will still pay for statutory child protection, adoption services and for services for young offenders and those involved in anti-social behaviour.
Now, bear in mind that this is coming as todays figures reveal that youth unemployment, among 16 to 24-year-olds, increased by 15,000 to reach 973,000, while the number of people out of work for more than two years rose by 10,000 to 474,000, the highest since 1997. And you can see why this is a crazy idea.
Just how will they pay for their care? Becoming chimney sweeps and earning tuppence a day? Or going to the workhouses (sorry, I mean workfare) employers for one of those lovely zero hour contracts?
Ahhh, Britain. Always going in the wrong direction.