Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns / Wednesday 22 November 2017 / Government spending

Speaking after the Chancellor delivered his Budget statement to Parliament, Action for Children’s Head of Policy and Research, Eleanor Briggs, said:


"Children up and down the country are missing out on the help they and their families need, but we have heard nothing in today's Budget that indicates help may be on the way.

"We know the gap between demand and resource for children's services is growing. Since 2010, funding has fallen by £2.4 billion while the number of child protection investigations has more than doubled. Failing to invest in early help and prevention services will only see this situation get worse, costing the Government even more in the long run.

"But today there was silence on this situation when what we needed to see was action. If the Government is to deliver effective help for children and families, ministers must take the lead and ensure councils receive the funding they need to invest in early help and stop problems escalating to crisis point."

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