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(UK) Solihull Council waits on bid for 100 place SPED school; "increasing demand" for autism help

Mar 8, 2019, Birmingham Live: No news on funding bid for new Solihull special school https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/no-news-funding-bid-new-15931775 There is still no news on whether Solihull Council's funding bid for a free school - to support children with autism - has been successful. The council had last year made an application to the Department for Education to help get the project off the ground. Cllr Ken Meeson, cabinet member for children, education and skills, said that the authority was still waiting for a decision. There is an increasing demand for school places for children with conditions including autism. … It is hoped that the school - for up to 100 pupils - would improve local provision and reduce the number of children being sent to more expensive placements outside of the borough. … Cllr Michael Gough (Con, Silhill) said: "Will this provision be enough? "Obviously with the growing need of autistic children in the borough, do you think this will address the shortage [of places]?" …