Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West 9:30 am, 20th March 2019

The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. I want to develop the point a little. The reports that I get back from schools in my constituency indicate that the knock-on effect of pressures on local authority funding for such children is on mainstream school budgets. Increasingly, schools have to fund special educational needs from their mainstream budgets in order to make up for the local authority shortfall. That therefore impacts on the wider educational opportunity, not just that of those who need the specific funding.