Council spend on privately-run children’s homes doubles in six years

Council spending on children’s homes operated by independent providers has more than doubled in the past six years. In 2021/22, local authorities in England spent £1.5bn on independently-run residential care for vulnerable children – an 11% rise on the previous year – and up from £736.6m in 2015/16, representing a 105% jump. Aggregate fee income…

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