LGA: Special needs funding must not be a one off

29 May 18

The government today announced a £50m funding boost to create more school places for children with special education needs and disabilities, but council leaders demanded this be matched with a review of funding in this area.

Ministers said the extra funds could create up to 740 additional places for special needs children.

“This funding will help to create thousands more school places across the country, with a clear focus on transforming the experience of education for children with special educational needs or disabilities,” said children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi.

But Richard Watts, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, called for an “urgent review of funding to meet the unprecedented rise in demand for support from children with special needs”.

He added: "This should not be a one-off cash injection and needs to be significant, ongoing and sustainable funding, otherwise councils may not be able to meet their statutory duties and many children could miss out on a mainstream education.”

The Department for Education also announced a further £680m to create another 40,000 good school places in primary and secondary schools.

Watts said: “We are also clear that the most effective way to set up new schools and meet the demand for school places would be to give councils the powers and funding to open new council-maintained schools where there is a need for additional places.”

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