In March 2017 the Government announced a £215 million commitment of capital funding (special provision fund) to support local authorities to make capital investments in provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Local authorities can use the funding to invest in new places and improvements to facilities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans in mainstream and special schools, nurseries, colleges and other provision. The capital funding can be used for buildings, for example:
- building a specialised classroom or
- expanding existing buildings to create specialist provision.
In 2018, the Government announced further funding, bringing to total available for all Local Authorities to £365 million.
Islington Council has been allocated a total of £2.2m from this fund, to be received in instalments between 2018 and 2021.
The Council is required to complete and publish a short plan showing how we plan to invest this funding.
The Council has consulted various groups between November 2017 to July 2019, to get the views of the community to help develop a local plan of intent.
Our SEND Provision Capital Grant Plan of Intent outlines projects intended to be funded by the special provision capital fund to improve local provision for Islington children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.
We are continuing to develop these proposals with parents and young people and schools. The Capital Grant Plan is a plan of intent and so may be subject to change. Costs set out in the plan are currently indicative.
The plan will be reviewed and updated annually, or as required. It forms part of wider strategic and provision planning, overseen by our Strategy and Commissioning for children and young people with SEND and their families Board.