Cornwall Council has echoed calls from the charity sector for fair funding for children’s services in the Duchy.
A call from the UK’s leading children’s charities says funding available for children’s services in the South West has fallen by a quarter per child since 2010.
The new analysis of official figures by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, The Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau has identified “kids’ cuts hotspots” across the South West – where local councils have faced the biggest real-term drop in this funding.
Their figures show funding to Cornwall has been slashed by 30 per cent.
Cornwall Council’s Leader Adam Paynter described the analysis as further proof that fair funding is needed for Cornwall. He said: “Nationally, councils are facing a £3 billion funding gap for children’s services by 2025, with many services having already been stripped back or shut down.
“Funding for central government is not based on need – it’s a postcode lottery based on an historical and outdated funding formula.
“With budget pressures intensifying, that’s why we're stepping up our campaign for reform.
“We believe the current funding model doesn’t share national resources fairly, a view shared by many others in local government.
“Last week the council responded to a consultation launched by Government which has the potential to address the funding gap between local authorities.
“Government’s intention to simplify the current system, under the Relative Needs and Business Rates Reform, is a great start to allocating fair funding.
“However, we need greater clarity and a fuller understanding of how much Government funding we will receive next year, and beyond.
“Continued cuts in Government funding mean a greater burden falls on local tax payers.
“Cornwall Council has consistently supported a simplified system in how Government allocates funding to local authorities, a review of Business Rates retention, and a long-term funding solution to address ongoing pressures from increased demand for social care for vulnerable children and adults.
“That is why I remain committed to Standing Up For Cornwall and will continue to campaign for fair funding for Cornwall.”