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Vulnerable children need more funding.

Vulnerable children need more funding.

A funding shortfall in council support for vulnerable children in England will be worse than expected, town hall bosses are warning.

The Local Government Association says a shortfall in children's services budgets will reach £2bn by 2020.

The LGA calculates that the shortfall will be £100m more than was suggested by its previous analysis last October, which had put it at £1.9bn.

The government said its reforms would deliver quality care for all children.

There is already evidence of a funding gap, according to the LGA, with councils having spent £600m more than they had budgeted for in the year 2015-16. 

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