Poorest council areas hardest hit by early help cuts

Council spending on early support for families has halved in the last decade with the most deprived local authority areas the hardest hit, research has revealed. Over the last ten years investment in early intervention support by councils has been cut from £3.8bn to £1.9bn, according to the research that has been commissioned by a charity coalition that includes NSPCC, Barnardo’s and Action for Children. This also reveals that the cuts have been deepest in the most deprived councils, who have slashed early help spending by 61 per cent. Read more.

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