Special Educational Needs: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding for special educational needs and disabilities services in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education frequently discusses matters of shared interest with HM Treasury ministers, including funding for special educational needs and disabilities.

We are committed to supporting local authorities in tackling cost pressures on their high needs budgets. In December 2018 we allocated an additional £250 million up to 2020, on top of the £6 billion we had already promised nationally, and in the run up to the Spending Review we will continue to consider the level of funding that is needed.

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