Local authorities must consult schools and parents when spending £215m SEND fund

Local authorities are to receive at least £500,000 each to make capital investments to support children with Education, Health and Care Plans in their areas.

The money is to be allocated across 2018/19 to 2020/21 and councils are expected to consult with parents, carers and schools on how it should be spent.

However, while welcoming the money, councils have said that planned changes to the high needs funding formula are set to reduce “council and school flexibility to make additional funding available” and want to know how this money links in with the planned changes.

The total investment announced by the minister for vulnerable children and families, Edward Timpson, is £215 million. It equates to at least £500,000 for every council, with half to receive at least £1 million.

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