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Praise for remarkable families in SEND funding legal challenge

Monday 7th October 2019

Contact is disappointed that the High Court has today ruled that the government's level of funding for SEN support in schools is not unlawful.

Families from North Yorkshire, Birmingham and East Sussex instructed specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to issue a Judicial Review into the legality of how the government provides funding for SEN to local authorities. 

Amanda Batten, Chair of Disabled Children's Partnership and CEO at Contact, said: "All children have the right to a decent education. And there have been warning signs for some time that the system is under huge strain. Our helpline is hearing from increasing numbers of  families whose children with SEND are either not in school or are struggling without support in school due to lack of resources, lack  of places and ultimately lack of funding.

"We have so much admiration for the three families who took this court action and to SEND Action who have led such an effective and inspirational campaign to bring to light the inequalities that are happening in the education system. While they will be disappointed with today's result, they should be immensely proud of how their court case and campaign have brought these injustices to light."

It is not just cuts to education that impact on disabled children and their families - they are suffering from a triple whammy of cuts to education, health and social care provision. That's why Contact is part of the Disabled Children's Partnership campaign calling for the government to 'give it back' and properly fund services and support for disabled children and those with special educational needs.