Consultations and surveys Budget for Council services 2023/24 to 2025/26

Children's Services

Budget and services

Our budget this year is £127.122m with 1,437 staff.  

These services improve the lives and futures of Manchester’s children and young people. They include:

  • Early Help to reduce the number of children in care
  • Children’s social care
  • Child protection
  • Youth services
  • Adoption and fostering, and
  • Education and special educational needs. 

They fund Council help, support and protection for children who need it, and make sure every child can get high-quality education and learning. 

Over half this budget pays the costs of children in care. It supports those leaving care, funds foster care, and targets support to prevent children needing care in the first place. 

It also funds Youth Justice services to prevent offending by young people. 

£5.297m proposed savings in 2023/24 (totalling £11.725m over three years)  

  • £4.047m thanks to lower increases in the number of children in care and more in permanent and stable placements. 
  • £200,000 from early help in pregnancy services and  
  • £664,000 by funding from grants instead of Council budgets and from staff vacancies.  
  • £386,000 by funding school crossing patrols with parking and bus lane income.  

See the full report detailing these proposed savings 

Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, 9 November 2022  - Children and Education Services Budget 2023/24

Have your say by 7 January 2023

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