Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to the Children’s Commissioner’s annual Stability Index for children in care.
“Councils are currently supporting record numbers of children through the care system. Last year, 88 children a day entered care, against a backdrop of unprecedented cuts to local authority budgets.
“As this report highlights, more children are entering the care system with complex needs, and it can be harder for councils to find the best possible placement, which can result in moves despite the best efforts of everyone involved. No child should be kept in an inappropriate environment simply to avoid another move.
“A national recruitment campaign for foster carers would help ensure we have a choice of families to place children with to best meet their needs. The Government should also use the Spending Review to fill the £3.1 billion funding gap facing children’s services by 2025.”
- Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Prime Minister does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils.