An analysis of official figures by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, The Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau have revealed that, in England, funding available for children’s services has fallen by one third per child in since 2010.
The analysis has identified several “hotspots” across England, where local councils have saw the largest real-term drops in funding.
These places include London, which actually has the top five worst-hit councils. Topping the list is Westminster, with funding down by more than half (51%), followed by Tower Hamlets (49%), Camden (49%), Newham (46%) and Hackney (46%). Areas including Manchester (45% drop), Nottingham (43%) and Birmingham (43%) also make it into the country’s top twenty areas with regards to cuts in funding.
What’s more worrying, is that according to the analysis, councils will be facing a £3 billion funding gap for children’s services by 2025. Since 2009, over one thousand children’s centres have closed, and since 2012, 760 youth centres have shut their doors. The charities are warning that thousands more children and young people could fall into crisis if these cuts continue.
Chief Executive at Action for Children, Julie Bentley, said:
“Children’s services are at breaking point and these alarming figures reveal the true scale of the devastating and dangerous funding cuts made year after year by successive governments.
“With the number of child protection cases and children being taken into care at their highest for a decade, it’s unthinkable to continue forcing councils to make crippling cuts to services. Without urgent cash from central government, thousands more children at risk of neglect and abuse will slip through the cracks and into crisis.”
Nick Roseveare, Chief Executive at The Children’s Society, said:
“This shocking analysis lays bare the enormous scale of this funding challenge, which is making it near impossible for councils to offer vital early support to children and young people to prevent problems escalating.
“Funding cuts are not only an inhumane economy, they are also a false one. The reductions in early help for children they lead to simply intensify the need for more costly interventions further down the road.
“The Government now faces a stark choice at the next Spending Review: either continue to leave councils short of the money they need to keep children safe, or address the funding gap and give some of our most vulnerable young people hope of a brighter future.”
To work out the decrease in funding, the charities took 2010/11 as the baseline year, and modelled funding for children and young people’s services accordingly over the next few years. This is on the assumption that the spending on children and young people’s services in that year was equivalent to the funding available. It estimates that funding available per child and young person for all children’s services except schools and early education fell to £553 in 2017-18, from £813 in 2010-11.
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