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Government pledges £37m to support SEND families

Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, has announced £37m additional funding to support families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the pandemic.

Around £10m has been ringfenced to support those unable to send their children to school due to the corona virus crisis. This will help parents educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are now at home more than normal.

Grants of between £400 and £500 will be available to pay for vital equipment needed to implement social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys.

Ford said: “Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.

This new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.”