(UK) N. England sees "increased demand" for severe SPED services; govt "failing children"

Apr 4, 2019, (UK) Guardian: Funding for pupils with special educational needs drops 17% North of England has been worst hit, report finds, with funding down 22% since 2015 The government has been accused of failing children with special educational needs after a report found funding for pupils had been cut by 17% across England since 2015. The report by the thinktank IPPR North also revealed the north had been worst affected, with cuts of 22% per pupil. Researchers found government spending on support for children and young people with the most complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) had failed to keep pace with rising demand, resulting in a reduction in funds available per pupil. The report also found that cuts to education and local government budgets had led to a dramatic reduction in support for children with less complex needs and had increased demand for more intensive support. … Since 2015, government funding through the “high needs block” has increased by 11% across England, but demand has increased by 35%. In the north funding has increased by 8% but the number eligible for support has increased by 39%. … The children and families minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “We have increased high needs funding for children and young people with the most complex SEND from £5bn [$6.5B US] in 2013 to more than £6bn [$7.8B] this year….