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Councils overspending on children's social care

Councils overspending on children’s social care

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