Children's Services

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of funding allocated to local authorities for children’s services.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

We have increased the overall spending on early years and children’s services to £12.7 billion.

Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

My local council, Rochdale Borough, predicts an overspend of £4.5 million this year on children’s services, with a predicted total overspend in England of £840 million, so will the Chief Secretary now admit that £84 million—just one tenth of the total overspend—goes nowhere near addressing this local and national crisis?

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The £84 million is specifically to roll out pilots and projects that we know have worked to reduce demand on children’s services and make sure children get a better outcome, but at the Budget we also put in an extra £410 million, which councils can spend on either adult social care or children’s social care.