Thank you for contacting me about the Disabled Children’s Partnership’s campaign ‘The Secret Life of Us’.
I am determined that disabled children and their families in Selby and Ainsty should receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives and be part of the community. I wholly support the excellent work this campaign is doing to bring to life the reality of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face in living a life many of us take for granted.
I am encouraged by the commitment to improve opportunities and life chances for all children and young people, and I know that health and care services are recognised as playing an integral part in achieving this. I know that my colleagues in the Department of Health welcome the work to increase awareness, and have offered to meet with the Disabled Children’s Partnership to discuss this further.
Providing an inclusive education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is a priority for the Department for Education. The introduction of national funding formulae for schools and high needs is supported by extra investment of £1.3 billion across 2018-19 and 2019-20. This means every local authority will see a minimum increase of 0.5 per cent per pupil in 2018-19 and 1 per cent per pupil in 2019-20. Underfunded local authorities will receive up to 3 per cent per pupil gains a year for the next two years.
Local authorities receive funding for services through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as from central government. They make decisions on spending for social care for children and young people based on their local needs and priorities. I welcome that councils will receive more than £200 billion for local services, including children’s social care up to 2020.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.