Special Educational Needs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour), Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department allocated from the public purse to (a) NHS Learning Support Fund payments, (b) NHS Learning Support Fund Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses payments, (c) NHS Learning Support Fund Child Dependants Allowance payments and (d) NHS Learning Support Fund Exceptional Support Fund payments for the period 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Learning Support Fund (LSF) is a demand-led budget with expenditure directly linked to the number of students who receive payment and how much each student receives. The following table shows expenditure on the LSF for the 2017/18 academic year. Academic years are not the same as the financial year. Departmental budgets are set on a financial year basis. The 2017/18 academic year comprises part of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years. Work is on-going with the university sector to ensure they continue to highlight the availability of the additional non-repayable funding that is available in England to Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional undergraduate students during their study.

1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018

LSF Element

£ million

Number of Approved Applications

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses



Child Dependants Allowance



Exceptional Support Fund






Source: NHS Business Services Authority

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