A SENIOR councillor has welcomed a £117,000 funding boost towards supporting families with special educational needs.
The Government has announced councils across the North-East will receive a share of more than £2m in new funding to help prepare for the biggest transformation of special educational needs and disabilities support in 30 years. Hartlepool has been awarded £117,570 and Durham £391,205.
Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the council’s children’s services committee, has welcomed the additional funding. The funding will support councils in giving young people and parents greater say over their personalised care and assistance. It will also put in place a new birth-to-25 system for those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Coun Simmons said: “Hartlepool has led the way as one of the pathfinder authorities since October 2011 and this has enabled us to test aspects of the reforms.
“We have worked successfully in partnership with young people, parents, voluntary and community sector organisations, schools, colleges and health colleagues to trial new ways to assess needs and plan support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or a Disability. This additional funding will enable us to build on the good work we have done already and we are well prepared for the full implementation of the scheme in September 2014.”