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Families on the Frontline?

Local spending on children’s services in austerity

This report contains the findings of one strand of the Family and Parenting Institute’s (FPI) two-year research programme!Families in the Age of Austerity. We have already worked to understand the impact on families of national policy change, analysing the implications of welfare reform and the introduction of Universal Credit.1 We continue to closely monitor the experiences of 10 families over the course of a year as they balance household budgets in a challenging economic climate. With the launch of this research, we document changes in local authority revenue spending on children’s services. We have worked with an expert research team at ESRO with the aim of making the complexities of council budgets accessible, so that it is possible to draw out some of the implications for families more directly.