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(UK) Cambridgeshire council 'can't carry on this'; SPED overspend expected to be $11M (US)

Dec 21, 2018, Cambridgeshire Hunts Post: County council “can’t carry on like this” amid concern over funding for special needs education https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/county-council-can-t-carry-on-like-this-amid-concern-over-funding-for-special-needs-education-1-5827930 There are stark warnings the county council “can’t carry on like this” as it is revealed funding for special needs education and children with disabilities is falling behind demand. … SEND (special educational needs and disability), covers a wide range of special educational provision for children and young people. There is help for language skills, autism, sensory impairments, or long-term medical conditions. In Cambridgeshire the over-spend for SEND this year is expected to be £8.9million. [$11M US dollars] This week, it was announced the Department for Education (DfE) had set aside a national fund to help schools cope with growing pressures on their SEND budgets. Of this, Cambridgeshire will get £1.5million for the year 2018/19, and the same again the following year. The boost has been welcomed, but concerns remain it is far too little to help deal with the increasing pressures the council is facing. Jonathan Lewis, education director at Cambridgeshire County Council, welcomed the injection of funds, but warned far more is needed if they are to keep up with demand. Mr Lewis said: “Funding has just not kept pace with the needs. There is a complete lack of funding, and it is not keeping up with the growth of our population.”… “We know that additional funding isn’t the only solution which is why part of our SEND announcement was to create more specialist places and facilities in mainstream schools giving more children access to a school place that will meet their needs.” …