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Budget will pledge £2.6bn funding for disabled schoolchildren

Rishi Sunak holding the budget suitcase outside number 11 downing street
Rishi Sunak holding the budget suitcase outside number 11 downing street Image credit: standard.co.uk

This week’s budget will see Chancellor Rishi Sunak triple education funding for disabled children with an estimated £2.6billion supporting specialist schools over the next three years.

The sum will be shared between over 3,000 mainstream and special educational schools as well as improving accessibility at existing buildings.

Sunak said: “I want every child to have the best possible start in life and to fulfil their potential.

“That’s why we’re taking action to fund tens of thousands of new places for students with special needs and disabilities, improving the lives of so many of the nation’s most vulnerable children.”

There has been a continuing rise in the demand for specialist schools across the UK with figures implying an extra 10 per cent need for specific education services in 2025 compared to 2010.

Overcrowded schools can have a dramatic impact on disabled pupils, the investment will see schoolchildren with learning and physical disabilities to be given equal opportunities to any other student.

A £300 million fund in 2021-2022 was announced at last year’s Spending Review for new places for students with special educational needs and disabilities.