Jan 11, 2020, Derby Telegraph: Council dragging its feet on helping Derbyshire children with special needs, it is claimed https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/council-dragging-feet-helping-derbyshire-3725065 The council says more funding for kids with special educational needs is on the way Authorities are dragging their feet on helping children with special needs in Derbyshire, it has been claimed. The accusation has been levelled at Derbyshire County Council by angry parents. It says it expects to receive an extra £9.8 million [$13M US] from central government, specifically for the vulnerable kids. But is thought that the lion’s share of this new funding, around £5 million, will be sunk into the council’s children’s services debt. The £5 million figure was disclosed in a meeting between parents and council officers and passed on to the Local Democracy Reporting Service. Council chiefs say that the £9.8 million represents a 14 per cent boost to its funding for special educational needs – putting its overall budget at around £70 million.