Merton awarded funding for special educational needs programme as part of South London Consortium

A group of ten south London boroughs have successfully bid together for over £700k from the Department for Communities and Local Government to help children with special educational needs. 

The consortium started in 2013 with Merton as one of the original members and Croydon the lead borough. With more councils joining the group to share best practices and working together, local authorities have been able to save money finding residential care and day placements for SEN children.

The funding will be used to buy a new electronic system for the ten boroughs in the consortium to place children who need SEN services. It will list accredited providers ranking them on quality and cost, saving time and giving parents more choice and say in the commissioning process.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Making sure children with special educational needs get the right placement help deliver the right outcomes. Working with other boroughs in south London, with the funding provided, will help us do this in a more cost effective and efficient way.”