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LGA Responds to Public Accounts Committee Report on Care Leavers' Transition to Adulthood

Cllr Roy Perry, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People's Board responds to the Public Accounts Committee's report on care leavers' transition to adulthood.

"Councils do everything they can to support all care leavers, providing help for youngsters with housing, finding a job and financial assistance as they move towards an independent life. Councils widely recognise that young adults have a better start in life if they maintain a relationship with their foster carer. Indeed, it has long been common practice for young people to stay with families beyond the age of 18.

"However, the growing number of young people coming into the care system, alongside 40 per cent cuts in funding to councils from central government since 2010, means that this is becoming an increasing challenge. Councils cannot do this alone and we urgently need to see the whole system properly funded and joined-up to ensure children and young people receive the support they need, when they need it."

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