Questions Remain About Labour's Handling of Special Educational Needs

March 8, 2018 7:35 AM

At the Full Council meeting on 6th March Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton asked the Labour Cabinet member for the correct numbers of Statements of Special Educational Need that still have to be converted into Education Health Care Plans. The figures that have been given have varied from day to day. On 23rd January 2018 the Council's Strategic Director wrote to the Department of Education and told them 386 were still to be done. The next day the Cabinet member Cllr Russell told Full Council that the figure was 644.

In her written answer to Cllr Skelton, Cllr Russell stated that for January 2018 the figure was 653 and for February 2018 it was 502. This contradicts the figure of 562 that was given to the Executive Scrutiny Board on 13th February. Which - if either - is correct?

Cllr Skelton said, "I asked Cllr Russell to explain the discrepancies. The answer I got was just waffle.

"Councils are required to have completed all the transfers by the end of March 2018. Questions are already being raised by parents about the poor quality of the EHCPs and lack of up-to-date assessments for children."