Response to the National Audit Office’s report, Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

Posted by Media team / Friday 09 March 2018 /
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Response to the National Audit Office’s report, Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018:

Imran Hussain, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, says; “Central government cuts to local authority services have been nothing short of devastating, and services designed to stop problems escalating early amongst young people, children and their families have been among the hardest hit. Today’s report from the National Audit Office continues to shine a light on the true pressure local councils are facing to support those who need it most.

“Since 2010 central Government funding for local authority children’s services has fallen by £2.4 billion and at the same time demand for support from young people, children and their families continues to increase, leaving councils in an impossible situation.

“Our Turning the Tide report shows that failing to provide local authorities with the necessary resources to help children and families at an early stage means problems escalate, driving up costs overall and letting down children just when they need the state to step up. With no long-term solution on the table, children’s services are on an unstable and dangerous footing. We’re calling on the government to prioritise the services children need before this crisis turns into a catastrophe for the next generation of children and families.”

 

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