Children’s minister Edward Timpson has announced a more than three-fold rise in funding for the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
Timpson told the National Children and Adults Services Conference that the 2015/16 budget for the fund, which aims to encourage innovative approaches in children’s social care, would be £100m.
This is a rise of £70m compared to the £30m available in 2014/15, the fund’s first year.
Timpson said that since opening the fund has received 300 bids from projects across England, four of which have now received funding.
Other bidders for funding are due to be told if they have been successful in the next few weeks, he told the Manchester conference.