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Spending on children’s services falls by £1bn in six years, says Labour

Labour Party says real term cuts to spending on children’s services is close to £1bn

Published on 3rd April 2018

The Labour Party has claimed that local authority spending on children’s services is almost £1bn less than in 2012.

The news comes after the Local Government Association warned that many councils are unable to provide support for vulnerable children and families.

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said: “Children’s services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families across the country, so it is incredibly worrying to see funding has fallen so dramatically in the past six years.”

In 2012 planned net expenditure on children and young people’s services was £7,922,425,000. In 2017 the figure was £7,611,364,000.16. When inflation is taken into account, this £300,000,000 fall represents a real terms cut of £956,880,000.73, says the Labour Party.

Spending on children’s and young people’s sin the South West has fallen by £51million since 2012.

Angela Rayner is launching the National Education Service (NES) Roadshow, an England-wide consultation on the NES, Labour’s vision for a unified Education service, providing cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use.

Ms Rayner added: “The contrast between our two parties could not be clearer: today, Labour are launching a roadshow to help improve the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable children, whilst the Tories are presiding over damaging cuts, slashing support for the those that need help the most.

“Only Labour can be trusted to give every child the best start in life. Through our National Education Service we will invest in our children, halting the closures of Sure Start centres, increasing the amount of money available for Children’s Services and providing universal childcare for every 2 to 4 year old,” she concluded.

 

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