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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer

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Campaigning Update – Haxby, Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbis

Campaigning Update – Haxby, Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbis

This weekend Julian has been out speaking to local residents north of the city in Haxby, and also in Bishopthorpe and Acaster Malbis to the south. On the doorsteps he discussed the Conservative commitment to build Northern Powerhouse Rail between Leeds and Manchester to improve regional transport connections, raise the National Insurance threshold to £9500

Julian welcomes Roads Minister to York to show her the case for dualling the A64

Last week, Julian hosted the Roads Minister Baroness Vere in York to make the...

York Press election column – My Plan for a Better York

Having represented our city in Parliament since 2010, I value this opportunity to speak...

Campaigning Update – Rawcliffe, Clifton Without, Heworth Without, Osbaldwick, Dunnington, Holtby, Wheldrake and Elvington

This last week Julian was out and about meeting residents in Rawcliffe and Clifton,...

Julian warns that council now has ‘no excuses’ following 7.5% budget hike for Special Educational Needs support

November 4, 2019

Julian has today urged City of York Council to take full advantage of a 7.5% increase in their high needs education budget awarded to them by central government.


It comes as reports have grown locally of parents struggling to access formal support for their children through a funded Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Only 846 children in the city currently benefit from a plan, putting York in the bottom ten local authorities nationally.


In March, Julian organised a debate in Parliament after being approached by numerous constituents asking for help with EHCP applications. In the debate, he highlighted that the current system for allocating support risks leaving behind the 80% of children with SEN who do not have an EHCP.


After hearing about the funding increase, Julian said:


I am delighted that central government are starting to fulfill their side of the deal and providing meaningful increases in SEN funding in England. However, as I said back in March, it is not just about funding increases, it is also about how schools and local authorities allocate the support.


Whilst I have nothing but respect for the local professionals working to support our children, the fact is that York has fallen behind comparable council areas with the number of EHCPs that are being granted. The 7.5% budget increase for the city means that there are now no excuses and I hope that serious progress can be made in closing this gap.