Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Further Memorandum from The Department of Education for Northern Ireland

  During the oral evidence which Mr McFall gave to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 25 November, the Chairman of the Committee asked how much of the additional funding for schools in the Public Expenditure Consultation Paper will go to special education. He also asked what percentage uplift in resources was envisaged for 1999-2000 and 2000-01 compared with the current financial year.

  The Public Expenditure Consultation Paper provides for the following allocations:

 1998-99 (£000)1999-2000 (£000)2000-01 (£000)2001-02(£000)
Special Schools46,12748,23849,71551,238
SEN Code of Practice2,9077,0877,2647,445
Percentage increase on 1998-99 12.816.219.7

  These figures do not include funds, which are not yet separately identifiable, which will be provided through the allocations to mainstream schools for the purpose of meeting special educational needs; or resources for the School Improvement Programme, elements of which will have a direct and positive impact on the ability of schools to respond to the special educational needs of pupils.

1 December 1998

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