Wolverhampton City Council is poised to agree approval of spending £437,000 in 2016/17. The Cabinet (Resources) Panel next week is recommended to:
Approve the expenditure of £437,000 in 2016/17 to be funded from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Implementation Grant to fund the Implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to high needs disabled children and young people.
Councillor Phil Bateman said today “ I support this move.”
This report has equalities implications as it relates to disabled children and young people. The report says that “Although there are national challenges, locally we know that the number of children growing up in the city will be increasing by approximately 1000 children to 64,200 over the next ten years. 4.9% of these children will have some form of disability. Up to 10% of children will have some type of learning difficulty or disability, one in 100 children will be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition, of which 50% will also have some degree of learning disability.
The SEND Grant is designed to support the Local Authority to implement the SEND reforms and to enable disabled children to have access to mainstream and specialist services to support their development. The policy and the grant process has been subject to equalities analysis.