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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The hon. Gentleman will be aware, from the funding settlement, that we are increasing funding for high needs—for special needs—by £700 million. That is an 11% increase, and it is because we absolutely recognise the cost pressures that schools and local authorities have been under when it comes to special needs. We hope that the funding announcement made last week by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will go some way to addressing those concerns.