Briefing: Funding of local authorities’ children’s services – Commons HCLG Committee

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
May 16, 2019
Author
Andrew Crompton
Issues Covered
  • Improving children's services
  • New burdens pressure on children's social care services
  • One-off grant funding and the Troubled Families Programme
  • Sustainability of children's social care services
Categories
Children's services and education, Local government finance
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The Committee finds evidence of “a system that is close to breaking point”, with budget overspends and the use of reserves normal in most local authorities leading councils to prioritise mandatory services and make cuts to early intervention services.

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