Guidance

High needs provision capital allocations

Local authority funding to support the provision of new places and improve existing provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities or requiring alternative provision.

Applies to England

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High needs provision capital allocations are provided to local authorities to support the provision of new places and improve existing provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or requiring alternative provision.

In March 2022 we announced 2 years of high needs provision capital allocations funding covering financial years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 and amounting to over £1.4 billion of new investment. The allocations spreadsheet shows how much funding has been allocated to each local authority. This funding forms part of the £2.6 billion we are investing between 2022 and 2025.

The explanatory note shows how we calculated the funding for each local authority for the financial years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024.

The guidance document explains what local authorities can spend the funding on and issues they should consider to achieve best outcomes.

‘High needs provision capital allocations - grant determination’ sets out the conditions of the grant for payments in 2022 to 2023 financial year. It also provides instructions on additional assurance requirements, including completing the assurance data return template.

In addition to funding allocated via high needs provision capital allocations, additional funding will be used to support high needs capital projects as part of ongoing work with several local authorities with significant Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) deficits. These local authorities have been contacted directly.

This funding follows investment of £300 million in 2021 to 2022. We also provide capital funding to local authorities to create places for mainstream pupils through the basic need allocations.

Published 9 April 2021
Last updated 4 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the 'High needs provision capital allocations for 2022 to 2024' spreadsheet with new local authority information.

  2. High needs provision capital allocations updated for 2022.

  3. Updated the 'High needs provision capital allocations for 2021 to 2022' spreadsheet with new local authority information.

  4. First published.