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.

In addition, the number of children and adolescents with education and health plans continues to rise. Since the introduction of the reform in 2014, the number of these plans has risen regionally by 46 percent and the rate of increase shows no signs of slowing down.

While welcoming reforms and improved support and recognition for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, the councils urgently need the government to meet funding needs.

District councilor Carl Les, head of North Yorkshire, said: "If the government does not agree to fully fund the supply of special educational needs during the spending review, the excessive spending of council members in this area will continue to grow and become completely unsustainable. The system will kink.

"We are channeling much-needed money for other vital services and trying to transfer money from regular schools if they are already battling their budgets. That can not go on. "

Cllr Judith Blake, chairman of Leeds City Council, said: "The government has given poor arms to the nation's most vulnerable children and youth and we now demand that they urgently pay attention to this crisis.

"Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is one of the most important tasks that we carry out, but the burden of these funds can no longer be transferred to Council members who are fully aware of the effects of austerity policies."