System For Children With Special Needs In England ‘Riddled With Inequalities’


Again the Government is not doing enough for persons with disabilities, this time, it is for children with disabilities. These children have special educational needs due to their disabilities, but the SEND system is short of funding, nothing new there.

As stated the Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published’

But then came coronavirus and the Coronavirus Act, which suspended the need of Local Authorities to be responsible for some of their actions, or non-actions, this, at a time when Coronavirus was making matters worse.

But this is how the Conservatives Governments have been for the last 11 years or so.

Social Care has always been short of funding, well for at least the last 40 years or more, where I have been involved on a family basis.

The Governments started with austerity cuts, which have left Local Authorities short of funding for all the services they are responsible for, including Social Care.

So, there as been some form of crisis in Social care for many years, but this Government and others over the last 11 years or so have made the crisis much worse. In many instances the services in Social Care are verging on collapse.

I had seen this coming for some time and, which is why I created my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Recently, in March 2020 the Government announced ‘£2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable’ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-9-billion-funding-to-strengthen-care-for-the-vulnerable.

Of the £1.6 billion given to Local Authorities(LAs), it appears it was not ‘ring-fenced’ for Social Care, so not all LAs have used the total amount they received for Social Care, when £1.6 billion is well short of what is needed to bring the funding back to 2010 levels, which was then, also far short of what was required.

This Government and others since 2010 have done little, if anything for vulnerable within Social Care.

It is there essential that support for Social Care is forthcoming, so, please consider the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, by signing and then sharing

Here, below, is further information regarding the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care

https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0

Same Difference

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being failed by a system “riddled with unexplained inequalities”, according to a damning parliamentary report.

The report says many of the 1.3 million pupils in England with SEND are not getting the support they need and end up being excluded from school, damaging their education, wellbeing and future life chances.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the funding crisis in SEND and shortcomings in provision were high on the political agenda. Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published.

The new report by MPs on the public accounts committee depicts a system in which “desperate” parents fight to secure an education, health and care plan (EHCP) – a legally enforceable package of support for those most in need – which has become seen as a “golden ticket” to get adequate support.

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