To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Children’s Commissioner’s 2019 childhood vulnerability report published in July 2019.
3 September 2019
We welcome this report and the level of analysis which contributes to our understanding of the barriers that some children face.
Across the government, we are acting on mental health, taking forward the Timpson Review recommendations to make sure that excluded pupils still get the best opportunities in life. We are tackling the root causes of violent crime and making sure that children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need by investing £6.3 billion into the high needs budget this year alone.
We also understand that local authority budgets are under pressure. This is why more money is going into the system: £410 million is being invested to help local authorities deliver social care. Core funding for schools and high needs is rising from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £43.5 billion this year. We are providing local authorities with access to £46.4 billion this year, including extra funding to support some of our most vulnerable groups.