Universal services


The Family and Parenting Institute has published Families on the Front Line? Local spending on children’s services in austerity. The report examines children’s services budgets in eight different local authorities in England over two financial years (2011–12 and 2012 -13). It found that services which councils provide to schools (such as school improvement and education welfare) are seeing the sharpest reduction in spending over these two years. “Spending on those ‘non-social work’ services most associated with universal provision to families and young people (such as youth centres and early years provision in children’s centres) also shouldered a large share of spending reductions. Councils were increasingly re-focusing limited resources on targeted interventions.”

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