Wirral's special needs budget for schools is set to overspend by £1.5 million this academic year, as costs continue to rise.

The rising numbers of children requiring extra assistance is a big reason for the overspend, with increasing demand for home tuition also part of the picture.

Last night's Wirral Schools Forum heard that over 100 pupils in the borough are now in placements at independent special schools, creating a £395,000 overspend in this area of the budget.

The rise in demand for home tuition was responsible for £100,000 of the predicted overspend.

A report on provisions for children with special needs and disabilities was also discussed at the meeting.

Chair of the forum Adrian Whiteley, said the report seemed "superficial" and did not get to the key issues which needed to be addressed.

Mr Whitely said he wished the report would have gone "deeper" into the debate and made more creative recommendations.

Several members of the forum nodded along to the suggestion that they could have come up with much of what was in the report themselves.

A council officer supported Mr Whiteley's opinion, saying they expected more from the report and that they were "not happy" with its contents.

Drawing much laughter from the forum, he said that every time the report's authors spoke to him, more of his opinions would appear in drafts of the document.

The report, written by the Premier Advisory Group, is not publicly available.