Councils overspent on children’s services by £816 million last year and are increasingly having to divert money from other services to meet an unprecedented surge in demand for care services, the LGA has warned.
Eleven local authority areas have been awarded government funding to help them provide ‘trusted’ adults to support children at risk of sexual abuse or of being drawn into criminality.
Central and local government should be able to capture more of the increase in the value of land that occurs when planning permission is granted, to help pay for new local infrastructure and affordable housing.
Lack of revenue funding and uncertainty over current levels of funding are the main barriers to councils investing in sustainable travel, an LGA survey has revealed.
The LGA has warned that record demand for sexual health services in England is putting the system under huge pressure and leaving people facing longer waits for appointments.
The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes – normally only seen in adults and often linked to obesity – has soared by around 40 per cent in just four years, to more than 700 cases, the LGA has warned.