Protecting children from abuse and neglect is one of the most important responsibilities we have – as a society and as citizens in a democracy. But central government is about to shirk its responsibility and cut off funding for child protection.
By 2020, local councils will be expected to rely only on council tax and business rates to fund essential services like child protection and residential care. Central government will no longer redistribute our income tax to ensure that all areas receive the funding they need to keep children safe. Vulnerable children in the poorest areas, already hit hardest by funding cuts, will be at particular risk as their councils struggle to fulfill their statutory duties.
Children England says there is time to reverse this plan. Children England has produced a short briefing and urges anyone concerned about children’s social care to read, share and sign up to express your concern