Children’s services ‘at breaking point’ due to funding cuts, charities warn

Funding for children’s services in England has fallen by a third in the past eight years, research by a group of leading charities has found. The analysis by a group of charities, including Action for Children and The Children’s Society, found that between 2010/11 and 2017/18 funding from central government on children aged 0 to 19 dropped from £813 to £553 per child – a fall of 32 per cent. The research also reveals that children’s services funding in some areas has been cut by up to half since 2010. The worst affected areas are in London, which is where all five of the worst “cuts hotspots” identified by the charities are located. Read more.