Two billion funding gap for supporting vulnerable children

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children’s services are becoming unsustainable and that there will be a £2 billion funding gap by 2019/20. The LGA analysis has revealed that councils are facing an unprecedented increase in demand, with an increase of 140% in the number of children being subject to child protection enquiries in just 10 years. Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “With councils facing a £2 billion funding gap for children’s services in the next three years they have responded by reducing costs and finding new ways to deliver services. But there are very few savings left to find without having a real and lasting impact upon crucial services that many children and families across the country desperately rely on.”

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