Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to allocate more funding to local councils to provide services for children and young people.
The Local Government Association (LGA) found that children and young people’s services are facing a £3 billion funding gap by 2025 across the country. A joint report from Children’s Charities including Barnardo’s shows that in the West Midlands there has been an estimated 31% cut to this funding in real terms between 2010/11 to 2017/18.
Children's services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families in Dudley. Yet cuts to council funding has stripped away cash from local authorities, reducing the services they can provide. Cuts in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose £76 million since 2010 and this will rise to £92 million by 2019/20.
Already the cutbacks have almost halved the money available for education, roads in the borough, social care, youth clubs, libraries, nurseries and other services.
These cuts have created a crisis in the early intervention and support services that help our most vulnerable children, just at the time when there are more children in need than ever before.
Austin is calling for the Government to use the spring budget to give more funding to local authorities to provide children’s services to all young people and families who need support.
Ian Austin Said:
“We all know savings have had to be made, but areas like Dudley are losing much more money than wealthier areas and this is having a serious effect on the services that can be provided to the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.
“The LGA research is really worrying. How can a funding gap of £3bn not have a devastating effect on the services provided to children and young people at a local level?
“I’m calling on the government to protect these vital services from any further cuts and give local councils the funding it needs to support vulnerable children.”