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Dear Department for Education,

Please could you provide data for the budget spent on supporting SEN children each year, broken down by area, since 2000. Please could you also provide the overall budget for education for each year since 2000.

Yours faithfully,

Laura Parnaby

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Parnaby 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 10 July
2019. You requested we provide data for the budget spent on supporting SEN
children each year, broken down by area, since 2000, and to provide the
overall budget for education for each year since 2000. I have dealt with
your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

A copy of the information is enclosed.

 

Local authorities are required to provide schools with sufficient funds to
enable schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with special
educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, up to the value of £6,000. This
funding comes from the schools block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

 

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed
£6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding
to cover the excess costs. This top-up funding, and funding for special
schools comes from the local authority’s high needs budget.

 

In 2013, the schools and high needs blocks within the Dedicated Schools
Grant were created. Before this date, funding allocations did not
distinguish between funding for schools and high needs. The department is
unable to provide comparable figures before 2013-14.

 

The schools and high needs funding allocations for each year can be
accessed at the following addresses.

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year |Address |
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2013-14|[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio... |
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2014-15|[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio... |
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2015-16|[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2016-17|[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2017-18|[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2018-19|[6]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2019-20|[7]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Local authority’s actual spending figures for each year are contained
within their Section 251 returns. The Department is again unable to
provide comparable figures before 2013-14.

 

+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year |Address |
|-------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2013-14|[8]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2014-15|[9]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
|-------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2015-16|[10]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/section-251-... |
|-------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2016-17|[11]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/section-251-... |
|-------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|2017-18|[12]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/section-251-... |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Local authorities are required to return their spend data for the 2018-19
financial year in August 2019.

 

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Yours Sincerely

 

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