Haringey Council: Protect funding for pupils with special educational needs & disabilities
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In the coming weeks, Haringey Council will attempt to push through plans to slash the funding available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities in the borough.
The proposals include increasing the threshold at which a child or young person can be given an Education, Health, and Care Plan (the document replacing what was previously called a Statement of Special Educational Needs). This will restrict the ability of the Central SEN Service (part of the Council's Children and Young People's Service) to support children and young people with additional learning needs, and allow them to realise their potential whilst in education.
There is no excuse for this reckless action. In the past year alone, Haringey's Councillors have prioritised increasing budgets for propping up failing projects such as privately-ran (yet somehow publicly-funded) bars and restaurants, all whilst splashing over £106,000 of taxpayers' money on a rebranding exercise and new logo which "could have been drawn by a seven-year-old". The Council has a duty to protect services for pupils in need of support - not the vanity projects of its Councillors. Whilst this may not be the first time that Haringey Council has failed vulnerable children, it does not mean that these plans should go unopposed.
On Thursday 1st December, Haringey Council will hear from local stakeholders about the devastating impact that these cuts will have on children and young people, and their families and teachers. Help us to send a clear message to Cllr Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Elin Weston, Cabinet Member for Children and Families (including schools and additional needs), and Cllr Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion (including post-16 education), before the Council's meeting on 1st December - please don't deliver us this unwanted present for Christmas.
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities matter too.
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