Summary: Illustrates the trends in councils’ spending on children’s services between 2010/11 and 2015/16, with a focus on spending on services for children in need and looked after children. Updates the report originally published in July 2016. Estimated figures taken from section 251 returns indicates that total spending on children’s services decreased by 9 per cent in real terms between 2010/11 and 2015/16; average spend per child in need increased by 10 per cent; and average spend per looked after child decreased by 2%. Highlights large variations in spend per head depending on the individual local council.
Publication details: London: Department for Education (DfE), 2017