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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 1:17 pm, 13th March 2019

Further to the point made by Lucy Powell, I am pleased to hear that the Chancellor recognises the urgency of schools funding in the spending review, but will he not ignore children’s social care? Spending on early intervention by local authorities has fallen from £3.7 billion to £1.9 billion, but at the same time their spending on late intervention has risen from £5.9 billion to £6.7 billion. It does not take rocket science to work out the link, so will he acknowledge that not investing early is a false economy, both socially and financially?