Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 25th January 2019.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of central Government funding for children’s services in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Funding for children’s services is made available through the Local Government Finance Settlement which gives local authorities flexibility to target spending according to local needs and to fulfil their statutory responsibilities, including children’s services. Through the Settlement, the government has made available over £200 billion across this five-year spending period. Local authorities used this flexibility to spend around £9.4 billion on children and young people’s services in 2017-18.

The government has listened to the sector which requested additional funding for social care. That is why we have provided flexibility of £410 million in grant funding for social care in 2019-20 to be directed according to what local authorities consider their top social care priorities, including children’s services.

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