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Labour calls for urgent action on children’s funding

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Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne is calling on the government to “act quickly” to ensure councils can continue to provide services for vulnerable children in the face of funding cuts and rising demand.

In the first of a planned series of Local Government Health Checks to be published by the Labour Party, the shadow communities and local government team highlight the doubling of the number of children subject to child protection plans and a 10% increase in children in care over the past 10 years.

The report also highlights a £1.7bn reduction in central government early intervention funding between 2010 and 2016 and claims 1,228 children’s centres have closed since the beginning of the decade.

Mr Gwynne is expected to challenge ministers on their approach to children’s services at CLG questions in parliament this afternoon.

The health check document said: “Like many areas of local government finance, the government need to provide clarity on their future plans for funding and work with local leaders to ensure that funding is sufficient to meet local need.

“No longer can funding be regressively focussed on past spending, and instead funding needs to be based on the cost of delivering current and future services.”

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