Bradford Children's Services Funding Down 39% Since 2010

Bradford is the worst-hit council in the region, followed by Leeds (36%).

Shocking new figures from the UK’s leading children’s charities have revealed funding available for children’s services in West Yorkshire has fallen by a third per child since 2010 - the second worst-hit region in England.

The new analysis of official figures by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, The Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau has identified 'kids’ cuts hotspots'.

With funding slashed by 39% per child, Bradford is the worst-hit council in the region, followed by Leeds (36%).

Nationally, councils are facing a £3 billion funding gap for children’s services by 2025, with many services having already been stripped back or shut down. Over 1,000 children’s centres have closed since 2009, while 760 youth centres have shut since 2012.

The charities are warning that thousands more children and young people could fall into crisis if these cuts continue.

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."

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