(UK) Britain faces council overspending; SPED needs have tripled in "just three years"

Nov 11, 2018, tes (Times Educational Suppliment): SEND overspending triples in three years Children with special educational needs are at the centre of a funding crisis which is affecting councils across the country, it was reported today. Council overspending on children’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has trebled in just three years. Councils have already had to use hundreds of millions from their overall schools budget to use to support children with SEND, the Observer reports. … A number of legal cases from parents battling planned cuts by councils have already been launched…. Nadhim Zahawi, the children’s minister, said today that the government recognised “that local authorities are facing cost pressures on high needs” and that overall funding was being kept under review. He said: “In 2018-19 councils will receive £6 billion of funding specifically for children with complex special educational needs and disabilities, up from £5 billion in 2013.”