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Financial crisis for school for young blind children.

Financial crisis for school for young blind children.

One of the country's most historic educational centres for young blind people is warning that financial pressures are threatening its survival.

The Royal National College for the Blind, which has operated for almost 150 years, says without extra funding it will cease to be sustainable.

Lucy Proctor, chief executive of the college's charitable trust, has blamed a squeeze on special-needs budgets.

But the government is promising a £700m increase for special needs.

'National asset'

Lord Blunkett, a former student at the college, said he was "very concerned" about the "financial difficulty".

The former education secretary said a "unique national asset" was at risk.

Ms Proctor says there might be a perception that the Hereford college must be well-resourced.

"Even the name makes us sound wealthy," she says.

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