Commenting on the court case verdict finding against SEND campaigners, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have struggled for years against the limitations that cuts to SEND funding have placed on their children’s ability to access education. Today’s verdict is a huge blow to the families and children involved in this case, and 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. Despite the Government’s recent announcement of additional investment in SEND, there is still a £1bn shortfall in SEND funding which the Government must now urgently address. The National Education Union will continue to stand in solidarity with SEND Action and fight to ensure that all children with SEND have access to the provision they deserve.”

ENDS

2019-146-NEU