Disability: Children

Treasury written question – answered on 13th July 2021.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support disabled children and their families to access health, education and care services during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The government has to date provided the NHS with over £27bn to support its response to and recovery from Coronavirus, which includes the provision of healthcare services to disabled children. This is part of the overall £87bn support for health services since the start of the pandemic.

The government has also provided over £6 billion in un-ringfenced funding directly to councils to support them with the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19, including in children’s social care.

We are increasing education funding for children with complex special educational needs and disabilities by nearly a quarter in two years, to £8 billion this year.

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