The Yorkshire and Humber directors are urgently seeking funding for special education needs - North Yorkshire County Council

The Yorkshire and Humber directors are urgently seeking funding for special education needs - North Yorkshire County Council

Yorkshire and Humber councils urge the government to fully fund children and adolescents with special educational needs and disabilities.

Council leaders across the region say the system is kinking and call on both the Chancellor and the Minister of Education to ensure that a full increase in funding becomes a top priority for the next spending review to stop rising spending.

Yorkshire and the Humber Councils, as well as many others in the country, are experiencing an unprecedented and growing demand for their educational needs and budget for disabilities, and this year they have a collective overspend of nearly £ 42.7 million with plans, over £ 32 million from reserves to use 10 million pounds transferred from already battered school budgets.

In the four previous years from 2014/15 to 2017/18, the councils spent nearly £ 86 million more than they had received. They withdrew their reserves by over £ 44 million and estimated that they would receive £ 42 million from the school budget.

This crisis has developed as the government introduced a legislative reform in 2014 that supports children and adolescents with special educational needs and disabilities through new education and health plans that increase the age range and budgetary needs without increasing available funding.