Sector slams Budget for failure to tackle funding shortage

Children’s sector leaders have hit out at the lack of additional funding in the Budget to address pressures in schools, social care and youth services. Outlining the government’s economic priorities for the coming year, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond included an additional £2.8bn for the NHS up to 2020, incentives to boost house building and the creation of a homelessness taskforce to tackle rough sleeping in his autumn Budget. However, the government’s failure to address the estimated £2bn funding shortfall in council children’s social care spending and significant pressures in the schools budget was criticised by charities, campaigners and sector leaders.

Richard Watts, chair of the Local Government Association children and young people board, said he was “extremely disappointing” with the lack of additional funding for children’s services. Read more.

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