The Conservatives have wilfully slashed Sutton’s budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £8,607 per pupil since 2015, limiting the resources available to students most in need of extra help.
Government funding has failed to keep up with rising costs and pupil numbers, resulting in the loss of support staff, increased waiting times for SEND assessments and cuts to specialist provision in Carshalton and Wallington.
That is why local MP Tom Brake and the Liberal Democrats are campaigning for more money for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan — so that Sutton students can have the resources they require, without costing schools and councils hundreds of millions of pounds.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The Tories have failed to acknowledge that SEND funding is an investment in the future of our children that helps students with learning difficulties and disabilities to secure jobs, security and independence.
"I am committed to fighting funding cuts and for the countless programmes and specialists in Sutton schools."