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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - Money and benefits

Families who have children with complex needs and disabilities can now apply for funding from a £37million pot announced by the government to help during the lockdown period.

The grants can be used to buy equipment designed to make social distancing measures easier to live with. Most grants range from £400-500 and can be put towards anything from washing machines and computers to specialist equipment and educational toys. This is to help parents educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual.

To find out more and apply for the funding please visit: Family Fund: Apply for a grant.

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