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Libby Blake, head of the children and young people’s service at Haringey Borough Council, accepts redundancy offer
A director at Haringey Borough Council has left her job because of plans to restructure 15 of its most senior management positions.
Libby Blake, head of the children and young people’s service, announced in an email to colleagues yesterday that she would be leaving her role.
In the letter, she said she had accepted an offer of redundancy before the restructure had begun so “the on-going improvement can continue without delay”.
She said the consultation would have seen “the creation of a revised post primarily focused on social care and prevention”.
As a result of the “significant change” to her role she decided to leave the job she has held for the past two years.
Ms Blake said she was “proud” of the number of “solid improvements” made to the department.
These included “significantly" reducing the number of children and young people who need to be looked after by the council.
She also mentioned her work on a rethink of the delivery of youth services, which helped bring the budget back into balance.
The director ended the email by thanking staff for their “tremendous goodwill and skilled work”.
A spokesman from the council said Ms Blake left with the council’s good wishes and gratitude for her hard work.
She said: “She has led a series of improvements in the service that have built the basis for further progress in the years ahead.
“School results have improved, safeguarding procedures have been strengthened and there is closer working with statutory partners.
“Libby goes with the council’s good wishes and gratitude for her hard work, passion for improving outcomes for children and young people and the significant improvements she has overseen.”
Earlier this year the youth service came under scrutiny after it was revealed that services had been cut despite an apparent increase in its budget.
The council disputed the claims and contested whether the budget figures had been used correctly.
The authority said the claims were inaccurate and could lead residents into thinking there had not been cuts to youth or council services.
Tomorrow is Ms Blake’s last day and she is the first member of the council’s senior management team to leave her role.
More redundancies are expected.
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