Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has today announced the first tranche of funding to support implementation of the SEND reforms in 2016-17.
The Department for Education announced funding for four sums of money and included in this is their commitment to fund the Independent Support programme for a further financial year. The funding awards were:
- £35.8 million in implementation funding for local authorities in 2016 to 2017, recognising the additional duties placed on them as a result of the transition to EHC plans - an increase of £4 million on last year
- £27.3 million for the Family Fund Trust in 2016 to 2017 to support low income families with disabled children - they provide small scale grants, enabling them to make specific purchases and offering short respite breaks
- £15 million to fund the independent supporters programme in 2016 to 2017, run by the Council for Disabled Children - this is a crucial catalyst for change, helping to support families and young people to navigate the system, and creating overwhelmingly positive experiences for them
- £2.3 million for Parent Carer Forums in 2016 to 2017, who bring parents together to provide invaluable support and advice for families
Further funding announcements are expected later this year, although no date has yet been confirmed by Government.