DfE statistics on local authority spend on schools and...

Stuart Gallimore, ADCS President, said:

“Local authorities must spend on child protection services where need exists even if there is no budget for this. Since 2010, our budgets have been halved and austerity has placed greater stresses and strains on children and families driving up demand for statutory services. In addition, a rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities is placing unsustainable pressure on the high needs block in many local authorities. We are having to make increasingly counterintuitive decisions like cutting the very services that tackle the root causes of problems and prevent children and families from reaching crisis point. This is a false economy and is storing up huge human, and financial, costs for the future. This is not an issue of performance; even high performing local authorities are issuing warnings about the future sustainability of their children’s services. We urge the Treasury to recognise that investing in children and their futures is the right thing to do.”


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