LGA responds to EIF analysis of £17billion cost of social problems affecting children

Media release 17 November 2016

Responding to new analysis from the Early Intervention Foundation that reveals a £17 billion cost to helping children, young people and their families affected by social problems, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said:

"Councils have long recognised the importance of investing in preventative services. Early intervention work with children and their families helps to limit the need for children to enter the care system, improves performance at school and helps avoid mental health issues in later life.

"However, the significant increase in demand for child protection services over recent years has placed a considerable strain on children's social care services, with a £1.9 billion funding gap by 2020 predicted in the LGA's Autumn Statement submission. Funding for early intervention has also fallen by 56 per cent in the last five years.

"There needs to be an urgent reform of how funding is allocated across the range of early intervention services to encourage joint working, savings and avoid duplication. This will allow councils to further build support around the needs of families and shift the emphasis from crisis spending towards longer term prevention services."

17 November 2016


Greg Burns
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