Ellie Ames 29 November 2023

LGA lays bare ‘astronomical’ care costs

LGA lays bare ‘astronomical’ care costs image
Image: Alena Zolot / Shutterstock.com

There has been a 1,000% rise over five years in the number of children’s social care placements that cost councils £10,000 or more a week, the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.

In 2018-19, there were 120 placements costing £10,000 or more; in 2022-23, there were 1,510.

The LGA said the findings highlight a ‘broken’ market for children’s care placements, and 98% of councils said a lack of choice is behind rising costs.

The shortage of suitable provision means local authorities can be ‘held to ransom’ by private providers, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), John Pearce, added.

He said: ‘Providers can pick and choose which referrals to accept and set the price due to overwhelming demand particularly for placements for children with the complex needs.’

The chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, Louise Gittins, said the lack of choice often also means that provision does not fully meet children’s needs.

She added that the ‘astronomical’ costs of care placements leave councils with less money to spend on earlier support for children and families.

The ADCS stressed that the issues ‘cannot be solved by councils alone’ and urged the Government to act to help meet the needs of children in care.

The new Centre for Young Lives image

The new Centre for Young Lives

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Mobile Estate Operatives RBKC610463

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£28,545 - £30,771 per annum
Play an active role on the frontline of maintaining a safe and healthy Borough. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Customer Accounts Team Manager

Sheffield City Council
Grade 8 £40,221 - £43,421
Are you interested in supporting vulnerable adults to manage their money? Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Sheffield City Council

Sessional Youth Worker

Sheffield City Council
Grade 4 £24.294 -£26,421
Community youth services is made up of a number of youth engagement services that seek to support young people were there at. Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Sheffield City Council

Educational Psychologists x3

Sheffield City Council
Soulbury Salary Scale A scale A2-7
We have fantastic opportunities for enthusiastic and motivated Educational Psychologists Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Sheffield City Council

Executor Services Team Manager

Sheffield City Council
£40,221 to £43,421
Are you interested in supporting vulnerable adults to manage their money? Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Sheffield City Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.