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Council's £71k barrister bill to fight disabled children's parents in court

January 25, 2022 6:17 PM
By Councillor Inga Lockington
Concerning today's article on Special Education NEEDS in EADT and Ipswich Star Councillor Inga Lockington writes:-
"It is sad to see Cllr. Hood's comment that one reason why the Appeals are so high is that they are dealing with a remnant of "historic" complaints. I wonder how this "remnant" of pupils and their families have been getting on during the time it has taken to be heard.
The younger our Suffolk children and their families can get the support they need, the better is their chance that they can be enabled to live as full a life as possible. The consequences of delay may never be fully repaired. Appropriate and timely support should be our primary concern for all children whatever their situation.
Investing in SEND services is a win-win thing to do. It enables opportunity for pupils who need our help to lead a full and valued life. It also such will have long-term benefits for the public purse, as the more independent and able a person can become, the less risk there is that there will be high long-term costs, in supporting them into and through their adult life."
Inga Lockington head and shoulders 2/21