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The National Education Union, our School Cuts coalition partners and 39 local authorities have written to education secretary Damien Hinds to express deep concerns about the dangerously inadequate funding for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Currently over 2,000 children and young people with SEND are sitting at home with no education provision at all. This is an unacceptable situation leading to huge stress and anxiety for parents and their children.

 

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Dear Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

We, the undersigned, represent local government and education professionals who are deeply concerned for the provision of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in our care. The Government’s recent cash injection for SEND does not introduce any new money into Local Authority budgets and this will not solve the long term challenges LAs and schools face in delivering effective SEND provision.

Lack of adequate SEND funding is limiting local authorities’ ability to meet their statutory duties for children living with SEND. The result has been far-reaching reductions to SEND provision and nationally over 2,000 children and young people identified with complex needs with no education provision at all.

We call for:

A significant increase in High Needs Block funding to local authorities, which will allow LAs and schools to provide appropriate support to children and young people with the most complex needs.

An immediate increase in funding for schools which will allow them to deliver additional support for SEND children.

A fair, sustainable funding system for SEND that will respond to the individual needs of each local area and acknowledge the complexities of providing high quality SEND education.

The Government must commit to working with local authorities and other stakeholders with an interest in SEND in order to achieve this. We urge the Government to act quickly on this matter, so that every child with SEND can receive the support they need to thrive.

Yours,
The undersigned

 

Local authorities

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Tim Cheetham

 

Cambridgeshire County Council
Cllr. Lucy Nethsingha

 

Hackney London Borough Council
Cllr. Anntoinette Bramble

 

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council
Cllr. Evelyn Carpenter

 

Cumbria County Council
Cllr. Stewart Young

 

Halton Borough Council
Cllr. Mike Wharton

 

Birmingham City Council
Cllr. Ian Ward

 

Ealing London Borough Council
Cllr. Yvonne Johnson

 

Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council
Cllr. Larry Culhane

 

Bolton Council
Cllr. Ann Cunliffe

 

Enfield London Borough Council
​Cllr. Achilleas Georgiou

 

Hartlepool Borough Council
​Cllr. Brenda Harrison

 

Bristol City Council
Cllr. Anna Keen

 

Gateshead Council
​Cllr. Gary Haley

 

Hounslow London Borough Council
​Cllr. Tom Bruce

 

Islington London Borough Council
Cllr. Richard Watts

 

Plymouth City Council
Cllr. Tudor Evans OBE

 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr. Bob Cook

 

Kingston London Borough Council
Cllr. Diane White

 

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Cllr. Craig Hannaway

 

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Jane Baugh and Cllr Ray Bowker

 

Lambeth London Borough Council
Cllr. Jennifer Brathwaite

 

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Gordon Watson

 

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Chris Towe

 

Leeds City Council
Cllr. Lisa Mulherin

 

Salford City Council
Cllr. Kate Lewis

 

Waltham Forest London Borough Council
Cllr. Grace Williams

 

Lewisham London Borough Council
Cllr. Chris Barnham and Mayor Damien Egan

 

Sheffield City Council
Cllr. Jayne Dunn

 

Warrington Borough Council
Cllr. Russ Bowden

 

Liverpool City Council
Mayor Joe Anderson

 

South Tyneside Council
Cllr. Iain Malcolm

 

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Jenny Bullen

 

Middlesbrough Council
Cllr. Janice Brunton-Dobson

 

Southwark London Borough Council
Cllr. Jasmine Ali

 

Wiltshire Council
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE

 

Newcastle City Council
Cllr. Nick Forbes

 

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr. Martin Bond

 

Wokingham Borough Council
Cllr. Pauline Helliar-Symons

 

Supported by the School Cuts coalition

Dr Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union

 

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union

 

Tim Roache
General Secretary
GMB

 

Dave Prentis
General Secretary
UNISON

 

Geoff Barton
General Secretary
ASCL

 

Paul Whiteman
General Secretary
NAHT

 

Len McCluskey
General Secretary
Unite

 

 

 

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