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Liberal Democrats call for urgent action to resolve Norfolk’s SEND crisis

July 10, 2019 3:11 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council

Liberal Democrats at County Hall are asking Norfolk County Council to write to the Secretary of State for Education to demand urgent action to fix Norfolk's special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) problem that should include the provision of adequate funding in Norfolk so that it can meet the demand for SEND provision.

Norfolk has over 15,000 SEND children and the County Council continues to have very low performance in meeting the statutory deadline of 20 weeks by which it must complete an education, health and care plan assessment of how a SEND child will have their needs met.

Tim Adams said, "This crisis is impacting significantly on the education of all children in classrooms across Norfolk, and families in every Town and village".

"We cannot ask more of our teachers, teaching assistants and schools".

"With £1m removed from the frontline services provided in children's centres, a £13.2m overspend in Childrens Services last year and an increasing number of complaints being upheld against the Council by the Local Government Ombudsman for poor performance, urgent action is needed".

"The current funding position for special educational needs is neither realistic, nor sustainable, and Norfolk County Council must seek to address the ballooning funding gap with the Government".

"We want to thank those people who took part in the Norwich SEND protest march as well as those who showed support but were not able to march. We heard loud and clearly from you and now it is time for the County Council to act."

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Tim Adams 01263 837119 or 07450 680364

timothy.adams.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk

The wording for the motion to the meeitng of the full council is -

SEND CRISIS

This Council notes that:

The Council welcomes the UK Parliament's Education Committee's SEND inquiry and looks forward to the publication of its final report.

The Council believes that:

Therefore, this Council agrees to:

Proposed by: Councillor Ed Maxfield

Seconded by Councillor Tim Adams