Family Fund will receive funding worth £27.3 million from the Department for Education to continue to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England.

Minister for Children and Families Vicky Ford MP has made the funding announcement as part of a wider £42 million package of SEND funding for 2021/22.

During the last year, we’ve has seen a significant increase in applications due to the impact of the pandemic on families across the country. Thanks to emergency funding of £13.5 million, on top of the existing funding already provided by the Department for Education, we have helped over 80,000 families in England in the last 10 months

Cheryl Ward, our Chief Executive, says, “We are immensely grateful to the Department for Education, for their continued support for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

“The pandemic has hit families hard both financially and emotionally. This news provides reassurance to tens of thousands of parents and carers that financial grant support will be available to help them on what for many, will be a long road to recovery.”

Vicky Ford MP explains the impact of the funding. "We know that the impact of being out of education can be greatest on those children and young people with special education needs and disabilities. which That is why, during the current lockdown, we have made sure that schools and colleges should continue to welcome those with Education Health and Care plans to attend where possible.

Attendance among these pupils is higher this lockdown than the last, and I deeply appreciate how schools and colleges are caring for pupils and their families. This investment of over £42 million will provide practical support, advice or useful equipment – especially when it is needed now more than ever.

“It adds to the huge increase in high needs funding we are providing and the catch-up funding we’re making available to help tackle the impact of the pandemic. This, plus our ongoing SEND review, will help make sure children and young people with additional needs are supported not just today but throughout their education.”

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