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Special Educational Needs: Lancashire

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on children with (a) special educational needs, (b) dyslexia and (c) dyspraxia in (i) Ribble Valley constituency and (ii) Lancashire county council area in each of the last 10 years. (181726)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) The information requested is submitted to the Department according to local authority areas, rather than districts within an area. Ribble Valley is a district of Lancashire local authority. The information for Lancashire LA about the amount spent on children with special educational needs is as follows:

Budgeted net expenditure on the provision of education for children with special educational needs by Lancashire local authority: 2000-01 to 2007-08

Budgeted net expenditure on the education of children with special educational needs1,2 by Lancashire LA (£)3

















1 Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as “notional SEN” and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools.

2 The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against “notional SEN” are only indicative of the amount that might by spent by schools on SEN. In 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 Lancashire LA also budgeted £13.2 million, £8.8 million and £14.5 million respectively for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the table as figures are not available prior to 2005-06.

3 Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000 and may not sum due to rounding.

4 2007-08 data is subject to change by the local authority.


1. Cash terms figures as reported by Lancashire local authority as at 22 January 2008.

2. The data are drawn from Lancashire local authority’s Section 52 Budget Statements (Tables 1 and 2) submitted to the DCSF (formally the DfES).

(b) and (c) The Department does not collect separate figures on how much was spent on dyslexia or dyspraxia.