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Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

Question for Department for Education

UIN 3850, tabled on 15 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money from the public purse his Department spent on support for SEND in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year since 2010.

Answered on

24 January 2020

Local authorities are required to provide schools with sufficient funds to enable schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), up to the value of £6,000. This funding comes from the schools block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEND exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This top-up funding, and funding for special schools, comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. We recently announced £780 million in additional high needs funding for the next financial year. Every local authority will see an increase in high needs funding of at least 8% per head of population aged 2 to 18. York City Council is receiving £21 million in funding next year.

In 2013, the schools and high needs budgets were created within the Dedicated Schools Grant. As the Dedicated Schools Grant includes other budgets such as the early years budget, the department is unable to provide comparable figures before 2013-14.

The schools and high needs allocations for York since 2013-14 are as follows:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

2013-14

£89.3 million

£13.7 million

2014-15

£90.1 million

£14.9 million

2015-16

£91.1 million

£15.2 million

2016-17

£92.2 million

£15.5 million

2017-18

£93.0 million

£18.1 million

2018-19

£94.1 million

£19.1 million[1]

2019-20

£98.2 million

£19.5 million1

2020-21

£104.0 million

£21.0 million

The schools and high needs allocations for Yorkshire and the Humber since 2013-14 are as follows:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

2013-14

£3073.7 million

£412.8 million

2014-15

£3095.2 million

£430.7 million

2015-16

£3223.7 million

£436.2 million

2016-17

£3259.4 million

£442.1 million

2017-18

£3310.4 million

£476.3 million

2018-19

£3357.8 million

£512.6 million1

2019-20

£3434.6 million

£531.9 million1

2020-21

£3657.0 million

£616.7 million

The schools and high needs allocations for England since 2013-14 are as follows:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

2013-14

£30,411.7 million

£4966.9 million

2014-15

£30,655.1 million

£5187.9 million

2015-16

£32,168.1 million

£5246.5 million

2016-17

£32,650.3 million

£5299.9 million

2017-18

£33,093.6 million

£5826.8 million

2018-19

£33,684.0 million

£6114.3 million1

2019-20

£34,502.6 million

£6277.4 million1

2020-21

£36,277.8 million

£7072.7 million

[1] In December 2018, the department allocated an additional £250 million of high needs funding nationally, spread across 2018-19 and 2019-20, in recognition of funding pressures. The resulting additional funding is included within the final totals displayed.