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Over one in six children with special needs could lose support under Government plans 

Children and Families Bill to have second reading today

At the second reading of the Children and Families Bill today, Labour is warning that thousands of families who have children with special educational needs could lose help.  

Over one in six children (17 per cent) have special educational needs, but do not have a statement. 

Under Labour, these children were given a category of ‘School Action’ or ‘School Action Plus’ which enabled them to get additional support toward their education, such as access to specialist teachers or educational psychologists. The Government is scrapping these categories.  

Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families, said: 

“We know many families with children who have special educational needs are struggling under David Cameron and this Bill risk making things worse.  

“Many young people with Special Educational Needs could lose support. 17 per cent of pupils have additional needs but not a statement, and they could be left without help as the Government scraps the ‘School Action’ categories which provide support such as access to specialist teachers and Educational Psychologists.  

“With huge cuts to local authority budgets, many families with disabled and SEN children could be left worse off. Labour will seek to ensure that this Bill does not undermine the crucial support many families rely on.” 

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