Bristol - Budget cuts hit SEN pupils

29th January 2010 at 00:00

Officials in Bristol may have to change support for disabled children and transport for pupils with special educational needs, following a #163;1.1 million budget cut.

Those trying to balance the books are also having to contend with a #163;100,000 overspend in children's homes because of the rising costs of food and energy. And the cost of employing five new social workers as a result of the focus on child safety following the Baby P case will also have to be covered.

Bristol City Council says #163;2.5 million less will be spent on children and young people's services in 201011, and work continues to identify savings for the financial year 201112.

But bosses say cash is still needed to tackle underachievement in city schools - an extra #163;610,000 will be spent to fund "supplementary education".

A total of #163;250,000 will be saved by not paying for taxis for SEN pupils with statements. Instead, they will be expected to make their own arrangements. A further #163;250,000 will also be saved by redeploying staff rather than making them redundant. KM.

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