The f40 group has major concerns around the growing demand on SEND budgets and the urgent need for an overhaul of the SEND funding system. 

In the autumn of 2020, f40 undertook a national survey to capture the extent of the SEND funding crisis in England. 

We asked every local authority in the country to provide key statistics around their SEND budgets to illustrate how well councils were managing their funding in comparison to demand and identify trends.

Of the 149 authorities responsible for education in England, 77 responded, giving us a 52% response rate. 

The below slides show the year-end position of High Needs Blocks, part of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), across the authorities that responded.

Download: SEND survey results powerpoint (800kb)

Download: SEND survey results pdf (1.8MB)