Children with Higher Needs: Stoke-on-Trent

Part of Education – in the House of Commons on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Ruth Smeeth Ruth Smeeth Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North

The Minister has just referred to a report which is currently under way, and which relates to children’s social services rather than the high-needs budget. The cuts proposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council will cost every secondary school £100,000 and every primary school £50,000. That is money we cannot afford to spend. Will the Minister undertake to accept the request from my neighbour and hon. Friend Gareth Snell, and convene a meeting of headteachers before the Secretary of State signs off a deal?