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Inquiry into Children’s Services funding launched

The Housing, Communities and Local Government select committee has launched an inquiry to understand whether current levels of funding for local authorities is sufficient to allow them to adequately deliver children’s services.

The cross-party group will hear evidence from people working in the sector in an attempt to establish whether current funding provision is sufficient to allow them to discharge their statutory duties.

The group also wants to understand the financial challenges of non-statutory services and uncover how Local Authorities are innovating to allow their current funding to go further.

This comes on the back of reports suggesting overall spending on children’s services has reduced by 7% between 2010/11 and 2016/17 due to cuts to services such as Sure Start.

Clive Betts MP, chair of the committee said "Over the last decade, services such as Sure Start and youth services have been significantly cut back as local authorities have targeted urgent services over long-term prevention."