James with Save our Schools campaigners
James with Save our Schools campaigners

In a win for Labour MPs, unions and parents with SEND children, the government has announced an additional £250 million over the next two years to fund extra support for special educational needs and disabilities in schools.

Labour MPs including Bury’s James Frith have long called for more funding to tackle the growing crisis in SEND support. Parents in Bury and across the country have experienced long delays and legal battles to get the correct support for their children due to the lack of resources available.

However, with the funding black hole for SEND set to reach almost £500 million this year alone, the additional money won’t come close to plugging the gap.

James said: “I’m delighted that the government has given in to pressure from MPs, education unions and campaigning parents. I’ll be seeking clarification of what the extra funding means for Bury. However, the Local Government Association estimates that the deficit in SEND funding will be £472 million by the end of this academic year alone. The money we’ve won barely covers a quarter of that gap. I’ll keep fighting to ensure our schools get the resources they need to support all children, particularly those with SEND.”

Support James’s campaign against school cuts at jamesfrith.org/saveourschools

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