The report reveals a postcode lottery and advises ministers that by providing more appropriate support they can enable young people to live more independently – and save money in the long run.
“…parents, students and local authorities do not always have the information they need to choose the school or college that best meets the young person’s needs given the available funding. Assessments of young people’s needs vary in quality, and local authorities do not always consider the full costs to the public purse of different placement options.”
The raw data used to produce the report isn’t available online, which means it’s impossible to get an impression of provision nationwide. Press officers were reluctant to send me a copy when I called up earlier today, however I’ve submitted a Freedom of Information request through What Do They Know?.