(UK) Leeds parents on "rising demand" for SPED; protests over "a system in disarray"

May 30, 2019,Yorkshire Evening Post: Leeds' families protest over special educational needs 'crisis' A generation of young people are being lost to a "crisis" in education, campaigners warn, as hundreds gather in Leeds to protest over children's special needs support. Rallies have been held across the country as a 12,000-strong petition is presented to Downing Street, with parents and families across Leeds joining demonstrations on the Headrow. … They are here to protest over funding for special educational needs, and amid concerns over a system in disarray. But they are determined. Because for the first time, they say, their voices are being heard. … " Budget 'cuts' According to the National Education Union (NEU), special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2bn since 2015, as funding to local authorities fails to keep pace with rising demand. … Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "Our ambition is for every child, no matter the challenges they face, to have access to a world-class education that sets them up for life. "Funding for the high needs budget is a priority for this Government and we know that councils and schools are facing pressures - that's why in December we provided an extra £250m up to 2020 to help manage these costs. "This takes the total amount that we have allocated for high needs funding to £6.3bn this year, compared to £5bn in 2013."