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Vulnerable kids baring the brunt of council funding cuts

Vulnerable children everywhere in the UK are baring the brunt of the funding cuts that councils have had to make to make ends meet.

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Work done by the big children’s charities such as Action For Children and NSPCC including The children’s Society and The National Childrens Bureau have revealed shocking statistics that show cuts per child can be as much as £300.

Manchester came in 6th place with a 45% drop in funding since 2010/11 up to 2017/18 meaning in real terms a child in Manchester is £640 worse off, in Salford they got 16th place with a real term funding cut of £321 for the same time frame.

Trafford was not on this list despite the previous administration cutting much of what children and young people have in the borough such as Sure Start and youth centres which really was insane.

London’s children though got hit the hardest, Westminister was tops with funding cut by 52%, Tower Hamlets and Camden had cuts of 49% and Newham with 46%.

In a council meeting held last night at Trafford Council, it was agreed that the current administration will put children at the heart of everything and will be gathering information from them as to what they need or are concerned about which we are incredibly happy with.

Chief executive at The Children’s Society, Nick Roseveare, said: “Vulnerable children are continuing to pay the price as councils face a toxic cocktail of funding cuts and soaring demand for help. This shocking analysis lays bare the enormous scale of this funding challenge, which is making it near impossible for councils to offer vital early support to children and young people to prevent problems escalating.

“Funding cuts are not only an inhumane economy, they are also a false one. The reductions in early help for children they lead to simply intensify the need for more costly interventions further down the road – like taking children into care as they face growing risks, including everything from substance misuse and mental health problems, to repeatedly going missing, and being sexually or criminally exploited.

“The Government now faces a stark choice at the next Spending Review: either continue to leave councils short of the money they need to keep children safe, or address the funding gap and give some of our most vulnerable young people hope of a brighter future.”

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