‘Genuine crisis’ in funding for children with special educational needs risks ‘blighting their lives forever’, High Court hears

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MINISTERS have failed children with special educational needs — and risk “blighting their lives forever”, the High Court heard yesterday.

Lawyers for three families said a “genuine crisis” in funding was caused illegally by Chancellor Philip Hammond and Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

The High Court heard kids with special educational needs could have ‘their lives blighted for ever’
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Jenni Richards QC argued that Mr Hammond acted unlawfully when setting the national budget in October 2018.

She added Mr Hinds did the same that December when he refused to increase “manifestly insufficient” funding enough. In written submissions she went on: “The direct result is that children are not being properly educated, notwithstanding the fact that Parliament has required their needs to be met.

“This has the potential to blight the lives of these children forever, seriously limiting the scope for them living independent lives as adults.


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“The critical under-funding means the most vulnerable may not even receive the basic educational provision they require.”

The case, supported by campaigners and charities, is being brought on behalf of all youngsters in England and Wales who rely on special educational needs and disabilities funding.

It comes weeks after The Sun teamed up with Disabled Children’s Partnership to launch our Give It Back campaign to reverse £434milllion of cuts in services.

WHERE TO GET HELP

Contact A Family Support And Advice, 0808 808 3555

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) – for specialist legal advice

Newlife – a charity that provides help with equipment

GOV.UK – to understand your child’s entitlements

National Autistic Society
youngSibs – great advice for brothers and sisters of a disabled child

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