22 May, 2015

Children’s centres need more funding, says Barnardo’s

Researchers for the charity analysed the education spending of every local authority in England and figures from the Department for Education.

Overall, they calculate that expenditure on children’s centres declined from £1.2bn in 2010-11 to an estimated £740m in 2014-15.

‘Good, low-key help’

“The evidence is stark: children’s centre funding has been leaking away year after year, leading to the closure or merging of hundreds of these lifeline services across England,” the charity concludes.

Local authorities are having to make tough decisions as their budgets are reduced, says the charity.

England currently has a network of about 2,800 children’s centres, of which Barnardo’s runs 190, providing a range of services.