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(UK) "21 county councils have overspent on their high-needs block over the past two years"

May 14, 2018 (UK) CIPFA: Counties call for urgent action to tackle overspends on special education https://www.localgov.co.uk/Counties-call-for-urgent-action-to-tackle-overspends-on-special-education-/45287 New research from the County Councils Network (CCN) found 21 county councils have overspent on their high-needs block over the past two years and a total of 22 counties project a further overspend of 5.1% in 2018/19. The high-needs block is a Government grant to support children with special educational needs. CCN calculated the projected overspend for the 2016-2019 period will be £175m. This has forced many counties to ask their local schools forum or the Department for Education permission to move money earmarked for schools to meet their legal obligations to provide services for children with special education needs…. ‘There is a growing concern from county leaders that overspends on special educational needs will soon become unsustainable – over the past three years alone, our overspends have increased by 63% and are only projected to increase with demand,’ said Cllr Ian Hudspeth, CCN spokesman for education and children’s services. … ‘We are calling on government to urgently inject resource into the high needs block this year, and we want to work with ministers to come up with a sustainable long-term solution to meeting the increasing demand in special educational needs services.’