The Children’s Society, Action for Children and the National Children’s Bureau have published the results of a survey of 502 Conservative councillors in England on cuts to children’s services. The survey found that overall there were widespread fears that failure to properly fund children’s services would damage the Conservative Party at the next General Election.
The survey found that 48% of councillors strongly agreed that the Conservatives’ election prospects would be harmed as a result of cuts to local services, and 34% said that they somewhat agreed. 54% of councillors who responded to the survey believed that reduced funding for children’s services had a negative impact on children in their area, with 20% strongly agreeing with this statement. 67% of respondents believed either strongly or somewhat that central government funding cuts had made it harder for their council to fulfil statutory duties to children and young people.
The charities are calling on the Government to address the estimated £3 billion funding shortfall facing children’s services departments by 2025, starting with the one-year public spending round this week.
The survey can be found in full, here.