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Over 120 charities call for extra Budget cash for children's services

A COALITION of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations are demanding extra cash for children’s services in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget.

In an open letter published today to PM Theresa May and Mr Hammond, the groups called for children to be placed at the heart of the government’s spending plans.

The plea has been backed by local authority leaders, who said that children’s services were fast approaching a tipping point, with £3 billion needed to fill a funding black hole by 2025.

Some 90 children are  taken into care every day and less than a third of children with a diagnosable mental health problem are getting access to NHS-funded treatment this year, the letter highlighted.

The call for a new focus on children’s services and school funding came from organisations such as the National Children’s Bureau, the National Education Union and the Child Poverty Action Group.

“There is compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point,” the letter said.

“We believe this is because children and young people are being ignored in the government’s spending plans.”

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