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Adoption support Fund reduction

Recent figures show that the amount of funding paid out through the adoption support fund has reduced over the last year despite the number of approved applications dramatically increasing.

Approved application rose from:
2015/16 - 3,610
2016/16 - 7,191
2017/18 - 9,465

but :

In 2015, the average payout was £4,927.
In 2016/17 the figure fell to £3,638
in 2017/18 it was £2,920

This is 40% reduction. Many councils are match funding after the fund was capped.