Spending on children’s services plummets by nearly £1bn in only five years

Tories accused of "slashing support for the those that need help the most".

New analysis by the Labour Party reveals than Government spending on crucial Children and Young People’s services has plummeted by nearly £1billion in only five years.

In 2012, planned expenditure on Children and Young People’s services was £7,922,425,000. But in 2017 this had fallen to £7,611,364,000.16. Labour say’s that whilst this equates to a nominal cut of over £3million, once inflation is taken into account the real-terms cut in spending is closer to £956,880,000.

The analysis follows a warning by the Local Government Association earlier this year that many Councils are struggling to provide support for vulnerable children and families.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP paid a visit to Swindon earlier this week, where all the Sure Start Centre’s have been closed down by the Tory-run council.

Local authority spending on Children’s and Young People’s Services in South West England alone has fallen by £51million since 2012, according to Labour’s analysis.

Angela Rayner has also launched the Party’s National Education Service (NES) Roadshow, which will tour England in support of a consultation on the NES, and promote Labour’s vision for a unified Education service, providing cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use.

Angela Rayner MP 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.”

She added: “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.”