Children and young people’s services: Funding and spending 2010/11 to 2017/18

Joint analysis by The Children’s Society, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, and the National Children’s Bureau, showing the extent of cuts to children and young people's services. It finds that funding has fallen by £3 billion between 2010-11 and 2017-18 – a 29% reduction. Funding per child and young person has dropped from £813 in 2010-11 to £553 in 2017-18. At the same time, local authority spending on children and young people’s services fell by 16%. Diminishing funding, as demand on local authority children’s services increased, has left a funding gap which reached £1.4bn in 2017/18. Meanwhile, spending on early intervention services for children and young people, such as children’s centres, has fallen by 49%.

Month of publication 
February
Year of publication 
2019
Number of pages 
21
Author 
The Children’s Society, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, and the National Children’s Bureau
Category 
Policy and lobbying
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Date published 
November 2017
Number of pages 
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Date published 
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Number of pages 
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