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Councils Spent £100m fighting parents seeking their support for their disabled children

November 20, 2018 10:11 PM
By Jonathan Gault

A report in The Times on Saturday announced that Councils have spent about £100 million on fighting parents seeking support for their disabled children and losing nine out of ten of the cases that went to tribunals.

I have two comments to make on this news.

The stress and work this process puts plaintiffs through is enormous and the cost horrendous. When The Times states that local authorities have allegedly lied they do not exaggerate. Parents of disabled children go through enough agony already without having to fight for their rights and make a home for their families often in circumstances that would be a nightmare for most people.

Special Schools in Gloucestershire are seeing their budgets cut and are having additional costs loaded on to them without additional funds to pay them. An officer in the LA has stated that the budget for special schools is "untenable".

Local Authorities, who are immediately responsible for these cruellest of cuts to families who are already vulnerable, receive their funds from central government: it is central government who is too busy to listen to the needs of the nation's children.

Clearly the £100million spent to bully parents who are trying to get their due legal rights is not enough to replace the decimated education budget but to you or me it is a huge amount of money that could be used more constructively in the actual education of our children.

Jonathan Gault

18/11/18


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