In November 2017 the Disabled Children's Partnership commissioned research by Development Economics to quantify what the current funding gap is for disabled children's services. For example, services such as specialist equipment, speech therapy and short breaks.
They concluded that an estimated additional £433.9 million needs to be allocated to disabled children’s social care services by local authorities and £1.1 billion by the NHS. The Disabled Children’s Partnership is therefore calling on central government to pledge £1.5 billion a year to a Disabled Children’s Fund to plug the current funding gap. This equates to just 0.2% of total government spending.