24 Feb 2020

The Children’s Society has responded to Local Government Association analysis showing councils hit by years of funding cuts have spent more than £3bn than budgeted on children’s social care over the last five years amid rising demand.   

Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said:  

“Devastating funding cuts have left councils struggling to offer crucial early help for families which can prevent children reaching crisis point. 

“As they seek to protect vital services it is no surprise they are ending up overspending on budgets which simply don't meet the demand they are facing to support really vulnerable children. 

“Too many children are not getting the help they deserve, without which they may be more likely to be unhappy, go missing and be at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation. 

“The £1bn a year extra pledged by the Government over the course of the Parliament covers the entire social care system, including adult care, and while welcome falls far short of what is needed. 

“The Government’s promised social care review must address this shortfall and ensure councils get the long-term funding they need to support all children and families who need help.” 

You can read about the Local Government Association analysis here

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