Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new analysis by the LGA reveals today, prompting warnings that funding for children’s care is now in a country-wide crisis.
New figures show that a total of 133 out of 152 councils (88 per cent) were forced to spend more money than they had planned to on children’s social care in the last year (2017/18). This amounted to an overspend of £806 million.
It is vital that the Government tackles the funding crisis facing children’s services. Please watch LGA’s Vimeo (below) and read at source: Bright Futures: 9 in 10 councils pushed into the red from Local Government Association on: