Half of children’s services budget spent on young people in care

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England

Half of the £8.6bn children’s services budget in England is spent on 73,000 young people in the care system, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown. Despite public spending on children being maintained over the past 20 years, 72% of budgets are now spent on those in severe need. The research into…

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