The Local Government Association (LGA) has published analysis on council overspending on children’s social care. The report stipulates that as a result of severe funding shortages and increased demand, local councils have been forced to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800 million. The analysis shows that in the last decade, there has been an 84% increase in the number of children being supported on child protection plans. Furthermore, it is estimated that although councils budgeted an additional £542 million for children’s social care in 2018/19, they sill spend £770 million more than originally planned. The LGA is calling on the Government to address the £1.4 billion funding gap in the upcoming Spending Round, announced for 4 September.
The report can be found in full, here.