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The CMA has launched a study of children’s social care provision to establish why a lack of availability and increasing costs could be leading to the needs of children in care not being met.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will examine concerns around high prices paid by local authorities and inadequate supply of appropriate placements for children in their care. This could be putting pressure on the ability of local authorities to provide the appropriate accommodation and care which children need.
Using its statutory market study powers, the CMA aims to obtain information to help build a better understanding of the children’s social care sector. Depending on what it finds, it can issue guidance to businesses and the public, make recommendations to the industry or to government or, if appropriate, launch a full investigation into the market.
Read full piece at source: CMA launches study of children’s social care provision – GOV.UK