June 13, 2019, My London: Support for special needs children in Sutton is 'not fit for purpose'—And parents say kids are 'missing out on their right to education' https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/sutton-council-special-needs-autism-16428069 Furious parents are calling for an independent review of the way Sutton Council assesses children with special needs. It comes as a external report, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, blasts the provision as "not fit for purpose" with families treated as "consumers" in a marketplace. It also shows that despite having sufficient funding there continue to be overspends in the department. This week more than 200 have backed a petition that claims young people in need have been “rejected” and are “missing out on their right to education”. They want to see full independent reviews of the EHCP process in Sutton and for all cases rejected between November 2017-March 2019 to be reviewed. The plight of parents struggling to get education health care plans for their children was made public earlier this year thanks to a campaign, Sutton EHCP Crisis. … In March 2018, a joint letter from the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and Ofsted raised ‘significant concerns’ about special needs services in the borough…. Sutton has the highest high needs budget of any outer London borough at £853 per resident compared to a £643 average. … The report does show that Sutton does have more children than average with EHCPs, 3.3% in 2018 compared to 3% nationally…. Mr Gray advises that Sutton Council should call a meeting with heads of mainstream and special schools in the borough….