(UK) Hertfordshire: $7.5M SPED shortfall; 'continuing increase in demand'

Oct 7, 2021, In Your Area: Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats express concern over lack of funding for children with additional needs

South England Liberal Democrat Councillors have expressed concern and disappointment in the £5.5m [$7.5M] slippage of vital special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) capital spend from the current year. The delay in expenditure was revealed at a meeting of the Herts County Council Resources and Cabinet Panel on Friday, October 1. Cllr Sally Symington, 0pposition spokesperson for resources and performance, said: “Given the continuing increase in demand for education, health and care plans (ECHP) and the council’s failure to deliver for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), it is shocking that HCC has not expedited this much needed expenditure to provide essential facilities for young people with SEND across Hertfordshire.”