Labour's Chaos Leading to Sub-standard Care for Children

April 6, 2018 1:16 PM

Derby City Council have declared that all Education & Health Care Plans (EHCPs) for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have now been completed - meaning they did a record-breaking 502 in just one month to meet the deadline, in contrast with just 40 a month until recently.

Derby News journalist Russell Pollard has said that there is "clear evidence the Council has significantly compromised on quality in order to achieve the target." Derby parents have provided him with examples of sub-standard plans completed for their children.

We too have had similar feedback from parents. While the Council declares meeting the 31st March deadline as a success, we have real doubts about how this was achieved.

Was the legally required process followed in all cases or not?

Are the EHCPs of good quality or not?

Do the EHCPs accurately describe the needs and the provision to meet those needs?

From what parents are saying, we don't trust what has been done.

Local Lib Dem campaigner Danielle Lind said "It's just one problem after another with Labour. They've been cutting back on SEN provision and trying to get out of their obligations for years. So many parents have come to me in despair at what our Council have done to their children.

"We need an end to this uncaring Labour council and new leadership in Derby that will actually stand up for our children."