DfE Special Provision Capital Fund
In 2017 Central Government announced the introduction of new capital funding for all local authorities (LA) to improve facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE) in August 2017 explained LAs can choose how to improve the quality and range of specialist provision and although funding is not ring fenced, in order to receive an allocation LAs must publish a short plan on the Local Offer (by 14 March 2018) setting out how it will be spent.
DfE guidance recognised that effective engagement with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND is crucial in building and implementing a strategy that ensures services will achieve the best outcomes for them. It also acknowledged that in planning for good outcomes, LAs need to invest their allocation in a joined up way with existing resources and in light of wider plans.
The DfE has notified the London Borough of Redbridge that the allocation is £2.9m for three consecutive years from 2018-19 to 2020-21.
The Redbridge Special Provision Plan is informed by the outcomes of extensive consultation which took place between September 2017 and January 2018 in relation to the Redbridge High Needs Review. At this stage the Plan is “In Principle” and will be updated and republished in March 2019 to include more detail relating to named provisions and capital investment.”