Sector reacts to SEND campaign court defeat

Three families had claimed during a June High Court challenge that government budget decisions were leaving local authorities across the country unable to provide education to children with SEND. Children and Young People Now reports.

However, campaigners learned yesterday that the judge in the case found that the government had not acted unlawfully.

Dr Mary Bousted, NEU joint general secretary, described the court decision as a “huge blow” which “allows the government to once again shirk its responsibility for these young people by fobbing them off to severely underfunded local authorities, who do not have the financial capacity to provide the specialist care and provision these families need and deserve”. 

A tweet from @SEND_ Action “There’s no easy way to break this: the judgement didn’t go our way. It was always going to be a difficult challenge. Three disabled children and their families against the government. Endless pages of redacted documents. The odds were stacked against us.”

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