Local authority expenditure on Children and Young People’s Services


The Department for Education has published 2012-13 Planned Expenditure on Schools, Education, Children and Young People’s Services and Social Care by Local Authorities. The Statistical Release provides a summary of the planned expenditure from all 152 Local Authorities (returned to the Department for Education (DfE) via the ‘Section 251 Budget Return’). It showed that spending on Children and Young People’s Services and Social Care will be £8,587m in 2012/13 compared to £8,481m in 2011/12, a rise of £106m.

However ‘Total Services for Young People’ will be cut from £883 million to £791 million (a decrease of £92.1 million – 10.4%) and ‘Total Youth Justice’ services will be cut by £362 million to £336 million (a decrease of £25.9 million – 7.2%). Within the ‘Total Services for Young People’ category, there will be a slight increase in Targeted Services (from £299 million to £308 million) but a big fall in Universal Services from (from £509 million to £419 million). The separate category of ‘Youth work’, which crosses over with some of the previous categories, shows spending will increase from £375 million to £384 million.

NCVYS is not yet clear what accounts for the substantial decrease in ‘Services for Young People’ spending.

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