Local authority expenditure on Children and Young People’s Services part 2


The Department for Education (DfE) has published Local Authority and School Expenditure on Education, Children’s Services and Social Care for 2011-12, Including School Revenue Balances. The Statistical Release presents information on the expenditure of local authorities on their education, children and young people’s services and social care functions (returned to the DfE via the Section 251 Budget Return). It says that Local Authorities in 2011-12:

  • spent a total of £876.6 million (gross) on services for young people, a reduction of £307.5 million (26.0%) compared to 2010-11;
  • spent a total of £338.8 million (gross) on youth justice, a reduction of £73.6 million (17.8%) compared with 2010-11.

More detailed figures from the DfE show that expenditure on youth work (which is included in the ‘services for young people’ figures) was £402.3 million in 2011-12, compared with £396.2 million in 2010-11. This spreadsheet also says that changes to categories under ‘Total Services for Young People’ between 2010-11 and 2011-12 mean it is not possible to compare totals between years.

These figures update a previous report on planned expenditure in 2012-13.

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