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The Youth Justice Board currently contracts with Liverpool county council for the provision of 16 places at Gladstone House secure children’s home. The contract expires on 31 March 2008. Liverpool county council approached the board in September with a request that the contract be extended, at increased prices, and that the board should contract for two extra places. The council’s proposal would have involved the board in expenditure of an additional £1 million a year and been at a higher rate than other secure provision in the North West. After careful consideration the Youth Justice Board decided that this would not be the most efficient and effective use of its resources.