KCC leader calls for more funding

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter has written to education secretary Damian Hinds urgently calling for more money to support children with special educational needs.

Mr Carter said in the letter: “Schools have had to make significant sufficiency savings already to sustain anymore would materially affect the education of the pupils in their schools. We are on a cliff edge now.”

KCC had one of the highest projected overspends of £23.8 million and were forced to transfer £28m from schools over the last four years to make up for the shortfall.

Cllr Carter and Ian Hudspeth, an executive member of CCN and the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council, have written to education secretary Damian Hinds to call on him to urgently increase the pot of money allocated to councils as they say it is insufficient to meet rising demand.

The letter to Mr Hinds says: “It is regrettable that councils are only able to properly provide support to children with special education needs by instead using funding that was intended for a different group of children. I am sure that you will agree that this is not a desirable or sustainable position.

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