BRADFORD Council is looking for alternative arrangements after the successful bidder for its Public Health 0-19 Children's Service Contract withdrew.

A Council spokesperson said it was confident the contract, which included health visiting, school nursing and oral health, would be able to be delivered to ensure the very best of care.

The spokesperson said the Council would be in a position to share the detail of the arrangements early in the New Year "but understandably would wish to do so in the first instance with the valued staff involved".

Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: "This is a multi-million pound budget providing care and support to our children and young people.

"We will be working closely with the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and other partners to explore the options available to us, which will allow us to ensure a more equal partnership with the people, families, community partnerships and family hubs who use these services.

"We have to spend money wisely and well and I know that in doing so we can make a genuinely positive impact on the lives of families in the district.”