The red book: impact of UK Government spending decisions on children, young people and families 2010/11

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Mulley, Kate; Scowcroft, Emma
Action for Children
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This annual publication identifies the impact of decisions made in the 2010 spending review on the lives of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people. It is based on the views of the social care professionals working in Action for Children services. The economic literature review is provided by the Social Market Foundation. The findings of the report show that while there are more children in need of support, cuts to the budgets of vital services mean that increasingly this need cannot be met. The report considers that the withdrawal of help from those who need it most must be seen in a wider context which transcends the current or any single government and calls for a long term approach to aiding vulnerable children and young people that is not secondary to short term political pressures. The Action for Children Red Book shows that the decisions made in the 2010 spending review are already directly affecting essential services supporting the most vulnerable children and families across the UK and warns against the dangers of false economy.

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