Budget 2024: Record investment in children and families announced – including £13m boost for education

Council News
12:28, Monday, 26th February 2024

Support for children and families will receive a record investment after North Lincolnshire Council’s budget was agreed.

The investment will be used to build on the council’s already outstanding support designed to keep children in their family, their school and their community.

Local schools and childcare providers are set to receive a £13m boost – more than £200 extra per pupil.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for strategy, said: “The single most important investment we can make is in ensuring children have the best possible start in life.

“The support for children and families in North Lincolnshire is recognised as the best in the country but we know we cannot rest on our laurels – building on outstanding is the commitment we are making today.

“Local schools will receive a £13m boost – with a big chunk of that from government.”

As part of the plans, extra support will be given to keep children with special educational needs and disabilities in their nearest school and the government-funded groundbreaking family hubs project will be extended and developed further.

Alongside this, the free book scheme for children under five will also continue as the Imagination Library is soon to celebrate giving out its millionth book to local children.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families and communities, said : “Children and families must be a priority for all of us – an investment in young people is an investment in the future.”