A RECORD 90 children a day were taken into care last year – the biggest rise in seven years – official figures show.
Town hall chiefs warned councils across England are now at “tipping point”.
Figures show the total number of children in foster care or waiting for adoption reached a new high of 72,670 in 2016/17 – up from 70,440 the year before.
Last year 32,810 youngsters – equivalent to 90 a day – entered the care system and started to be looked after, a rise of two per cent from the previous year.
Last night Councillor Richard Watt of the Local Government Association called for urgent funding in this Autumn’s Budget to plug the gap.
He said: “Children’s services are at a tipping point with growing demand for support combining with ongoing council funding pressures to become unsustainable.
“Last year saw the biggest rise in the number of children in care for seven years.
“With 90 children coming into care every day, our calls for urgent funding to support these children and invest in children and their families are becoming increasingly urgent.
“Children’s services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020.
“If nothing is done to address this funding gap, crucial services that many children and families across the country desperately rely on will be put at risk.
The LGA, which represents local authorities in England and Wales, said councils desperately needed more cash to ensure families got the right support they need to avoid children being placed in care.