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Government funding announcements get mixed response from Barnardo's

Release Date: 13 Dec 2018

The UK's leading children's charity has welcomed extra funding to help police tackle child sexual exploitation but is disappointed by the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

The Policing Minister Nick Hurd has announced new funding for forces worth up to £970 million in 2019/20. This includes £90 million being made available to tackle economic and cyber-crime, as well as child sexual exploitation.

The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement has also been announced. It has not done anything to address the funding gap for councils, so it is likely there will need to be further cuts to services.

Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

I really welcome the announcement of new funding for police forces to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Our specialist services across the UK see first-hand the devastating effect of this horrific crime, and we support child victims to rebuild their lives.

But it is disappointing that no new funding has been announced for local authority children’s services.

Councils across the country are already struggling to provide services for the most vulnerable children and families, and many can’t afford to help young people before they reach crisis point.

Barnardo’s is working in partnership with councils and other local agencies to transform children’s lives. But without additional investment, young people across the country will miss out on the support they need to achieve a positive future.

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