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Contact responds to school funding announcement

Monday 17th December 2018

Earlier this year, Contact expressed concern about the pressure on high needs funding for children with special educational needs (SEN) England.

On Sunday, the secretary of state, Damien Hinds MP, speaking on SKY News made a series of announcements on SEND high needs funding.

Over the next two financial years, the government is making available additional funding of £125 million year available for high needs funding this year which local authorities use to support children with SEND, and committing to further increases. 

Amanda Batten, CEO at Contact said: "The extra funding announced today is definitely a first step in the right direction and is to be welcomed. Pressure on SEN funding reflects what we are hear all the time from parents who call our helpline, so extra high needs funding is absolutely crucial.

"It's encouraging to see that the government has clearly been listening to parents, schools and local authorities about their concerns. This funding boost recognises the challenging financial environment local authorities are facing and which is having a real impact on an already stretched system - with children with SEND and their families bearing the brunt. We look forward to hearing more about the government's longer term plans and how they will involve parents to improve local school services for children with SEND."