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Children's services at breaking point.

Children's services at breaking point.

Children's services in England are at breaking point and need a £3.1bn minimum funding boost by 2025, MPs say.

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said current funding levels were unsustainable.

Its report said as services tried to respond to growing demand, amid severe funding pressures, many were reliant on the goodwill of staff.

The government said £494m of funding would help children and social work improvements would reduce demand.

The MPs said overall, England's local authorities had been grappling with budget cuts of 29% since 2010.

The committee follows a long line of organisations, including councils, children's charities and economists, to raise the alarm over funding levels.

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