Special needs: Petition demands end to ‘national crisis’

Thousands of disabled children and their families will take to the streets across England and Wales on Thursday to demand action on “the national crisis” in special needs funding. The BBC reports

Send National Crisis campaigners will deliver a 13,000-signature petition to Downing Street at 12:00 BST, and will then hold a rally in Parliament Square.

Rallies are planned in 28 towns and cities from Leeds and Liverpool to Reading and Rhyl.

The organisers say it will be the first national action of its kind.

Nadia Turki, Send National Crisis co-founder, said: “We can no longer remain silent when our children are suffering for want of adequate government funding.”

Ms Turki says the organisation is demanding better regulatory controls to ensure that funding for special needs and disabilities is ring-fenced and delivered “precisely where it is most needed”.

In April, analysis by the National Education Union (NEU) found that central government funding had failed to keep up with demand for special needs education to the tune of £1.2bn since 2015.

The government reformed special education provision in England back in 2014, replacing special needs statements with Education, Health and Care plans (EHCs), aiming to deliver a “simpler and more joined up system”, from birth to age 25.

But five years on, parents and carers say the system is not working and last year, Ofsted described the failure to deliver support for thousands of children in England with diagnosed special educational needs as “a national scandal”.

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