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‘Children’s services at breaking point’: Commons Select Committee

Increased funding and systemic change needed

The Commons Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued a report calling for a funding settlement that reflects the challenges local authorities face in delivering children's social care, and recommending a minimum increase to core grant funding of £3.1 billion up until 2025.

The report calls for:

Committee Chair, Clive Betts MP, commented:

"Over the last decade we have seen a steady increase in the number of children needing support, whilst at the same time funding has failed to keep up. It is clear that this approach cannot be sustained, and the Government must make serious financial and systemic changes to support local authorities in helping vulnerable children. They must understand why demand is increasing and whether it can be reduced. They must ensure that the funding formula actually allows local authorities to meet the obligations for supporting children that the Government places on them.

"We have reached a crisis point and action is needed now."

For the report, click here. For the response of the Local Government Association, click here.