Children in England face a postcode lottery when it comes to getting speech and language therapy, a report claims.
England’s Children’s Commissioner says that in the top 25% of areas, at least £291.65 a year is spent on children with these needs. In the lowest quarter that drops to £30.94 or less.
Anne Longfield says the needs of children with speech, language and communication issues are overlooked.
The government said it was working to improve support for children in need.
Department for Education figures suggest that in 2018, there were 193,971 children in England’s primary schools on the special educational needs register because of speech, language and communication needs.
But Ms Longfield says there is “enormous variation” in spending on services across the country.
Her report says difficulties can