Thank you to all who responded to the SEND Capital Survey last year.
As you may recall, last year the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families announced a £215m capital grant for local authorities to invest in, and improve, the quality and range of provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.
Cheshire West and Chester has been allocated £180,459 of funding each year for 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 – a total of £541,376 - from this capital fund.
We can invest this funding to help children and young people with education, health and care plans to get a high quality education. It can be used in mainstream schools, including academies, free schools, special units, special schools, early year’s settings, further education colleges or other provision for children and young people aged from 0-25.
The Council was asked to consult with parent and carers, schools, settings and others on how this funding allocation should be used and we carried out two consultations with pupils, parents/carers, schools and settings between November 2017 and March 2018.
The funding cannot be spent on Higher Education, provision for those aged 25 and over, anything that would be classed as revenue expenditure (like furniture, whiteboards. training or staff costs), equipment for individuals or any "reasonable adjustment" accessibility works (such as ramps or door widening; a hoist in a toilet would be considered to be a ‘reasonable adjustment’ but a hoist to enable access to a hydro-therapy pool might be eligible) or maintenance work (such as window or boiler replacement).
As an outcome of the consultations a number of projects have been formulated for the allocation of the 2018/19 funds, the 2019/20 and 2020/21 allocations have been reserved to await the outcome of the High needs strategic review. Details of this can be found in the spending plan within the downloads section.