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AM's fears over cuts to Special Education Needs funding

 
Created on 06/07/2016 @ 22:19
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The poor annual local government settlement for Powys is having a devastating impact on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision, according to Conservative AM Russell George.

New figures show that budgeted gross expenditure on Special Educational Needs provision is falling – for 2016/17 - by 5.5% in Powys after the county received a 3% cut in funding from the Welsh Government.

Earlier this year, following concerns from parents, Mr George raised the issue with Powys County Council, and facilitated a meeting between council officers and concerned parents to seek assurances that its support for pupils with special educational needs will be protected and enhanced.

 Mr George said: “As a result of the Welsh Government’s 3% cut to Powys’ local government settlement, new figures show that budgeted gross expenditure on Special Educational Needs provision is falling – for 2016/17 - by 5.5% in Powys.

 “Rural counties such as Powys have consistently been hit hardest by successive local government settlements.

 “Clearly, these woeful settlements delivered by the Welsh Government have the potential to have a detrimental effect on services for vulnerable children. 

 “We need a greater focus on support for pupils with special educational needs, and greater leadership at a local level.  “However, progress in this vital area will be hampered until poor funding settlements for rural councils are addressed."

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