CHILDREN with special educational needs are getting the very best opportunities they deserve in Kirklees, it is said.
The comments follow publication of new figures showing the amount of money which councils in Yorkshire and Humberside spend from their education budget on such children.
The figures show Kirklees is the second lowest spender, with 11.7% of planned expenditure spent on its 11,330 children with special educational needs.
Doncaster is the lowest with 10.9% and North Lincolnshire the highest with 16.9%.
The average figure for Yorkshire and the Humber is 13.4%.
The figures were published in response to a question by Sheffield Hillsborough MP Angela Smith.
However, Clr Geoff Alvy, Kirklees Cabinet's member for children's services, said that when discussing the amounts of money spent on children with special educational needs it was difficult to make comparisons.
he said different councils had a different number of children with a differing range of special educational needs and that it was not comparing like with like.
He added: "The £25m investment we are making in our new special schools will have a tremendous impact on the lives and opportunities of our special children.
"We will have two new schools with the very latest facilities and equipment at Castle Hill, Newsome, and Fairfields in Heckmondwike and two others which will be totally refurbished, at Longley and Lydgate, New Mill.
"Our aim is to give the children with special educational needs in Kirklees the very best opportunities they deserve."
Clr Alvy said the council was very concerned about the outcome for such children and the impact that the money spent on their special needs statements and support had on their educational opportunities.
He said the council was currently looking at the progress of children with an SEN statement.
Three council officers were working with schools and their special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) to assess the outcomes for the children and the impact that the funding spent on them had. This would enable the council to make sure it continued to spend money wisely.