Thousands of children face missing out on a secondary school place in the next five years, with more than half of all councils in England at risk of not being able to meet demand, according to new analysis by the LGA.
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.
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.
I’ve chaired Three Rivers District Council’s Youth Council for just over a year, and it’s amazing how much you can achieve working with young people in such a short amount of time.