SEND: Fifth of council services in financial trouble

High-needs pressures have pushed around one in five councils so far into the red that they are legally required to draw up a recovery plan. Tes reports.

The need to submit three-year recovery plans was introduced by the Education and Skills Funding Agency this year.

And of the 131 councils that provided Tes with replies to freedom of information requests – 30 (23 per cent) said they had an education funding deficit which required them to submit a report to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Adam Boddison, chief executive of SEND charity Nasen, said: “Local authorities are saying that they have made all the efficiency savings they can and have stopped cutting the fat, they are now not even cutting the flesh – they are cutting into the bone.”

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