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(UK) Herts: SPED numbers expected to "increase by 36 percent" in next 5 yrs

July 19, 2018, Herts Advertiser: £3 million boost for Herts children with special educational needs http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/education/3-million-boost-for-herts-children-with-special-educational-needs-1-5614663 (About $4M US) The funds will be used to develop local teams, to maximise digital technology and to improve access to independent living, employment and training…. Over the next five years the number of children in the county with special needs is expected to increase by 36 per cent – that’s 2,198 more children…. She said it would help to manage increasing demand, while effectively using resources – reducing the pressure on the special needs system…. At the meeting, council leader Councillor David Williams said: “This is an important and significant investment in these services. Part of this is about transformation, but also about how parents and families access this important service – and, as a consequence, how transformation can contribute to cost avoidance and savings.”