Funding of local authorities’ children’s services inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee are examining funding for local authorities’ children’s services. They want to hear from professionals such as IROs and social workers who work for or with children’s services.

Scope of the inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry into funding of local authorities’ children’s services.

The inquiry will investigate what impact public spending has had on the provision of care services, and the approaches local authorities have taken in addressing funding constraints. It will consider how financial support for children’s services can be made more sustainable in the short and long term, and examine the potential for innovative approaches to the design and delivery of services.

The Committee is inviting submissions on:

  • Is the funding for local authorities’ children’s services sufficient to enable local authorities to fulfil their statutory duties?
  • What are the financial challenges for local authorities’ in providing non-statutory services?
  • How can funding for children’s services be made more sustainable in the short and long term?
  • How can innovative approaches to the design and delivery of children’s services support financial sustainability?

What next

Please use this opportunity to tell the government about the pressures on services and the implications for children, families and communities. Your views will help to inform recommendations to the government about what needs to change. Please don’t lose this opportunity.

Have your say: here

Read more: Funding of local authorities’ children’s services inquiry

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