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BREAKING: Two Bristol families who took @BristolCouncil to High Court against its £5m cuts to SEND funding have won their case. The court has ordered the council to reverse its decision. #SEND Full decision write up to come. Read more:…
This is big news. 1. It’s the first court case of its kind in the country. 2. It sets a precedent for upcoming court cases. 3. Local authorities around England are now looking to launch joint JR against Govt. 4. Most imptly, SEND children will be supported
Here is a short part of the judge's decision: "I'm not satisfied that had the Defendant (Council) acted lawfully there would necessarily have been any reduction at all.…
Here is the judgement write up. (It is 33pgs!)
Council's SEND budget has fallen into deficit. It makes £5m cuts in Feb '18.Parents launch case in April. Hearing in July. Conclusion in August.…
,@BristolCouncil said it was 'disappointed' at the result and would now decide what to do. The judge has ordered it to reverse the cuts.
NOTE: The mums do not get any financial benefit from this case.…
I'm not sure people realise the impact of something like this. Cuts to SEND support do not just affect SEND children - they affect all children, schools, teachers, and other public sectors.…
This is one mum's personal story. She launched the court case because she did not want what happened to her to happen to anyone else.…
If you want to understand more about SEND, take some time to listen to Tess here talk about why this case is so important…
This is what Bristol council needs to do next. @LGANews
Find £5million, but not from other parts of the education budget. Find £5m, but not raise council tax.
Find £5m, amidst central Govt cuts…
Couple of thoughts on this: I wish more people (media included) care about #SEND issues.
And never give up challenging what you believe to be right. These mums did not launch this case for their benefit - it was for ALL children…
If anyone has any questions, please @ me and I'll try to answer them! (Or DM, if you rather do that)…
Already hearing about the cuts and court cases in @SurreySENCuts @SENDcrisisHack Norfolk, and parts of Manchester.
If you know of anymore, please let me know!…
'There is no evidence, from the extensive paperwork evidencing the defendant's [council] decision-making process, that members of the council had any regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.'…
'Indeed, the decision-making process appears to be driven entirely from the standpoint of ensuring a balanced budget by 2020/21.'…
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