Children's services hit hard26th January 2012
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has highlighted the impact of cutbacks on children’s services.
It found that children and young people were being hit hardest by cuts to local authority grants after in-depth analysis of 25 authorities.
They are having to contend with the severe reduction in grant income that followed the emergency budget and subsequent comprehensive spending review in 2010.
Researchers also found a divide in the impact.
Children’s services were seriously affected across the board, with deprived local authorities subjected to the biggest cuts and comparatively "mild" reductions to spending power in more affluent areas.
The study found that in 19 of the authorities reductions to grants led directly to cuts in frontline children and young people’s service provision while the other six councils kept spending reductions to back-office functions.
The report said: “One authority reported 150 posts deleted and another 100 as a consequence of the emergency budget.
“Others reported smaller numbers. In one affluent authority there were between 35 and 40 redundancies as a result of cuts to specialist children’s services.”
Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said the most vulnerable were being hit with the “double impact” of larger cuts that need to be made quickly.
“While we accept that local authorities need to make spending cuts, it is essential that people in communities that are already struggling do not suffer more than others,” she said.
Report author Glen Bramley said the impact of service provision cuts would fall more heavily on disadvantaged people who rely on public services.
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Title: Children's services hit hard
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20878
Date Added: 26th Jan 2012