Early Intervention Grant part 2

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has confirmed that the £150 million Early Intervention Grant top sliced by the Department for Education will be returned to local authorities in the form of an Adoption Reform Grant. It was revealed in September 2012 that £150m would “be excluded in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and retained centrally for future use in funding early intervention and children’s services”.

CYP Now has published analysis of local authority funding. It notes that the local government funding settlement for 2013/14 brought in average cuts to local authority funding of 1.7 per cent, but with the additional reductions for childcare and adoption, the Early Intervention Grant “will be reduced by 11 per cent on a like-for-like basis, from £1.919bn in 2012/13 to £1.709bn in 2013/14.” The analysis finds that eight of the ten most deprived areas have received the maximum Early Intervention Grant cut possible of 13%, while nine of the ten least deprived areas received the lowest cut possible of 8.7%.

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