|Another area where Local Government needs more funding!|
The report from the HCLG Select Committee says Children’s Services need an extra £3.1bn in funding to survive, and that’s just the start.
Coming on the back of highly critical reports from the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office, the report paints a picture of malign neglect of children’s services on the part of Central Government. The result is a perfect storm of increased expectations, rising demand & cost pressures which local authorities cannot control.
We are pleased to see much of our evidence to the committee reflected in the final report. We’re particularly pleased to see the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee recognise that additional funding alone is not sufficient, and that “increased funding must go hand-in-hand with systemic change if local authority children’s services are to be sustainable in the long-term”.Much more work is required to understand the drivers of demand in children’s services and why spending varies at the same time as urgent action needed to address social worker recruitment and to increase the supply of residential care.