Sept 11, 2018, Care Appointments: Government urged to ring fence funding for autistic schoolchildren https://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/45070-government-urged-to-ring-fence-funding-for-autistic-schoolchildren Ministers have been urged to ring fence funding for autistic children so schools can provide properly for them. Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said autistic children in his Brighton Kemptown constituency were "unable to access proper education". During Education questions in the Commons, he told MPs that head teachers do not have enough funding to provide support for special educational needs (SEN). … "When I speak to heads they want to provide support but they don't have the funding for SEN…. Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi replied: "High needs funding for children and young people with complex special educational needs, including those with autism, is now £6 billion [$7.8B US dollars] this year - the highest it has ever been, and an increase from £5 billion [$6.5B US dollars] in 2013. "We've increased overall funding allocations to local authorities for high needs by £130 million [$170M US dollars] in 2017/18 and £142 million [$185M US dollars] in 18/19 and we will increase this further by £120 million [$157M US dollars] in 2019/20."