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Thousands of children with special needs are paying the price of a “crisis” in education funding, one union has claimed.
Official figures show the number of youngsters with special educational needs plans or statements that are awaiting school places has more than doubled in a year.
The National Education Union (NEU) claimed that local councils are being “starved” of the money they need for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with youngsters forced to stay at home because authorities do not have the cash to provide a suitable education.
Overall, as of January last year, there were 287,290 children and young people, up to the age of 25 in England, that had an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or a statement of special educational needs.
From the Telegraph