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.
Social care has saved the NHS almost £60 million in the past year by reducing the number of delayed transfers of care, according to new analysis by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
The Government has announced it will give an additional £240 million for the adult social care system to tackle winter pressures.
The Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report show a growing “care injustice”, with access increasingly dependent on how well local systems work together.
A report by the National Association of Head Teachers has found that 94 per cent of schools are finding it harder to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) than they did two years ago.
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.