The amount expected to be spent on children’s social care in 2018/19 is up 6.8% or £542m compared to the figure in 2017/18 budgets, latest figures have shown.
According to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government statistics, the £8.6n budgeted is about half of the £16.1bn expected to be spent on adult social care in 2018/19, which is up £496m or 3.2% compared to 2017/18 budgets.
Total revenue expenditure by all local authorities in England is budgeted to be £95.9bn in 2018/19 – 1.6% higher than the £94.5bn budgeted for 2017/18.
Shire districts’ total budgeted revenue expenditure for 2018/19 is 2.6% lower than it was for 2017/18.
Across all local authorities, council tax is expected to bring in £29.6bn in 2018/19, 7% higher than in 2017/18.