Spending on children’s social care

The NSPCC has published a report produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA): Smart cuts? Public spending on children’s social care. The report examines the impact of cuts in children’s social services (including young people’s services) and finds that children’s social care spending in England is expected to be reduced by an average of 24% in 2011-12 compared with 2010-11, with cuts to preventative services particularly badly hit. It says that estimates of council spending suggest that youth justice services (£438m) are already being made and are highly vulnerable to cuts. Cuts to young people’s services (£568m) are “not yet being made” but are at a medium level of vulnerability.


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