Spending on Children and Young Peoples Services nearly £1billion less than in 2012
New analysis by the Labour Party has revealed that Local Authority spending on Children and Young Peoples Services is nearly one billion less, in real terms, than in 2012.
It comes on the same day that the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner MP, are due to make a visit to Swindon where all the Sure Start Centre’s have been closed down by the Tory council and spending on Children’s and Young People’s Services in the South West has fallen by £51million since 2012.
The analysis follows a warning by the Local Government Association earlier this year that many Local Authorities are struggling to provide support for vulnerable children and families.
In 2012 planned net expenditure on Children and Young People’s services was £7,922,425,000. In 2017 the figure was £7,611,364,000.16. Whilst this a nominal cut of over £300,000,000 taking inflation into account it represents a real terms cut of £956,880,000.73
Angela Rayner is also launching today the National Education Service (NES) Roadshow. The NES roadshow is an England-wide consultation on the NES, Labour’s vision for a unified Education service, providing cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use.
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“Children’s services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families across the country, so it is incredibly worrying to see funding has fallen so dramatically in the past six years.
“The contrast between our two parties could not be clearer: today, Labour are launching a roadshow to help improve the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable children, whilst the Tories are presiding over damaging cuts, slashing support for the those that need help the most.
“Only Labour can be trusted to give every child the best start in life. Through our National Education Service we will invest in our children, halting the closures of Sure Start centres, increasing the amount of money available for Children’s Services and providing universal childcare for every 2 to 4 year old.”