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(UK) Surrey: 'Unprecedented increases in demand' for SPED; 44% increase in 8 yrs

Mar 30, 2018, (UK) Get Surrey: Parents secure legal aid funding to take county council to court over 'unlawful' £21m savings to services supporting children with disabilities https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/parents-secure-legal-aid-funding-14471152 (News report on video features a mother with an autistic son.) Parents who have made it their mission to stop vital services supporting their disabled children from being slashed are one step further to taking Surrey County Council (SCC) to court. Legal aid funding has been secured to launch a judicial review into SCC's "disastrous" savings to its schools and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) budget. Alicia Hollow is leading the battle to reverse the £21 million planned savings to services supporting thousands of children across the county. Three weeks ago the mum-of-three raised almost £3,000 to enable law firm, Irwin Mitchell, to kick start investigations into whether SCC has "unlawfully" failed to carry out required consultations ahead of the "unfair" budget cuts…. According to SCC, the number of children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan (EHCP) has increased by 44% from 2010 to 2018. In an attempt to tackle the "unprecedented increases in demand", SCC has boosted the overall budget for children, schools and families by £25,377,000 from £454,738,000 (2017/2018) to £480,115,000 (2018/2019). However the budget includes proposed savings of £25.6 million - £21,001,000 of which will be slashed from its schools and SEND budget alone. … He said: "The proposed cuts would impact on some of society’s most vulnerable people, with the county council itself recognising that there are now 7,700 children needing education, health and care plans in Surrey, an increase of 44%over the last eight years. …