(UK) Cumbria County councillors join national petition demanding for MORE SPED FUNDS

Oct 23, 2018, Cumbria Mail: Cumbria councillors Sue Sanderson and Anne Burns join calls more funding for special needs education A SOUTH Lakeland councillor joined a delegation in Westminster today demanding extra funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in schools. Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for schools, joined a number of representatives from across the country to present a petition with over 32,000 signatures to Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, as part of the National Education Union’s (NEU) ‘Stop School Cuts’ campaign. The petition calls for the government to give extra funding to SEND in all schools and colleges and give power back to local authorities so they can tailor the services to the needs of the children in their communities. … … The government has failed to provide the funding needed for schools and local authorities to give children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities the education they deserve, and I hope today’s action will encourage the government to reconsider the level of funding provided” … Barrow councillor Anne Burns, … “We don’t feel the children that need extra tuition in schools the most are getting the right funding. Almost every county council is united in wanting more funding for special needs. These children have a right to equal opportunities and without adequate funding this right is under threat.” … A Government spokesperson said: …“That is why core schools funding is increasing to £43.5 billion by 2020, including £6 billion specifically for children with complex special educational needs.”