Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a survey of specialist teachers by the National Deaf Children’s Society, warning of a system falling into crisis.
Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared ninefold in five years, new figures show, highlighting the demands on local authority services already under significant pressure.
“It is not right that £10 million of government money is to be spent on a brand refresh for the National Citizen Service. This sends the wrong message at a time when councils are being forced to cull vital youth services as a result of government funding cuts."
“Ahead of the forthcoming Spending Review, we are urging government to give councils control over the Bus Service Operators’ Grant, and properly fund national free bus pass schemes, which could help us maintain our essential bus services, reduce congestion and protect vital routes.”
“With councils still facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion in 2019/20, it is disappointing that the Chancellor has missed the opportunity to use today’s Spring Statement to provide further desperately-needed funding for our under-pressure local services this year.