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House of Commons Hansard
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Children's Services
11 December 2018
Volume 651
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17. What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of funding allocated to local authorities for children’s services. [908139]

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We have increased the overall spending on early years and children’s services to £12.7 billion.

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My local council, Rochdale Borough, predicts an overspend of £4.5 million this year on children’s services, with a predicted total overspend in England of £840 million, so will the Chief Secretary now admit that £84 million—just one tenth of the total overspend—goes nowhere near addressing this local and national crisis?

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The £84 million is specifically to roll out pilots and projects that we know have worked to reduce demand on children’s services and make sure children get a better outcome, but at the Budget we also put in an extra £410 million, which councils can spend on either adult social care or children’s social care.

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It is always worth staying for topical questions, if colleagues are interested.