Exclusive: SEND crisis ‘could bankrupt entire council’

TES is reporting that the SEND funding crisis has become so severe that it could bankrupt an entire local authority, a senior council figure has warned.

The warning comes as local authorities across the country are reporting gaping holes in their education budgets – driven by overspends in services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Ivan Ould, lead member for children and young people’s services at Leicestershire County Council, said his own council’s SEND deficit “could put the council in a bankruptcy situation”, according to minutes from a meeting held by the f40 group of the lowest funded local authorities for education.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We are increasing high needs funding for local authorities by £780 million next year, boosting the total budget for supporting those with the most complex needs to more than £7 billion in 2020-21.

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  1. Judith Wilson

    To me, this smacks of trying to lay the burden of guilt on SEND children and their families/carers. The truth of the matter is that chickens are now coming home to roost – if local authorities and Government had listened to the warnings being given out by teachers and teaching assistants fifteen years ago, they would not have found themselves in this predicament.

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