Spending on looked-after children is expected to increase 9.1% in 2018-19.
According to a new report on local authority finance, issued today by the Office of National Statistics, expenditure on children’s services is expected to increase the most in comparison to other areas of council spending.
Spending on looked-after children is expected to total £4.2bn in 2018-19, a £350m increase on the 2017-18 budget. Total expenditure for 2017-18 was not detailed.
A total of £8.6bn has been budgeted for children’s services in 2018-19, an increase of 6.8% or £542m, in comparison to the 2017-18 budget.
A report by Newton Europe, commissioned by the LGA and published earlier this month, found that the ‘income deprivation affecting children index’ (IDACI) measure was found to be the most significant factor in driving expenditure in children’s services.