Bercow 10 Years On Update

Children and Families Bill

The Bercow Ten Years On report into the state of provision for children with SLCN was published earlier this year. A petition was then set up to ask the Government to implement the recommendations in the report. The petition recently reached a total of 10 000 signatures triggering a response from the Government. You can…

Government seeks feedback on the Personal Independence Payment process

DWP review of PIP

Contact a Family have announced that the government has agreed to an independent review looking into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and they want to hear from you. This is your chance to tell the government about what you think about PIP, including: The claim process; assessment; getting a decision and reconsideration and the appeal processes….

Justine Greening appointed new Education Secretary

In the recent Government reshuffle, Justine Greening has replaced Nicky Morgan as the Minister in charge of an expanded Department For Education which now covers Apprenticeships, FE Colleges and Universities as well as Schools and Early Years. Encouragingly, given his considerable commitment to special educational needs and disabilities, Edward Timpson retains his position as the…

Ministers Pledge to Improve the SEND System

Edward Timpson, the Education Minister responsible for SEN, and Jane Ellison his counterpart at the Department of Health, recently sent a written response to issues raised by the Co-Chairs of the National Network of Parent Carer Forum. Among other things, they pledge to Do more about SEND Support Explore ways of boosting CCGs’ (Clinical Commissioning…

Accessing speech and language therapy for your child – a guide to the law

This useful Afasic guide has been recently revised because, from 1 September 2014, there have been changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are assessed and supported, following the introduction of The Children and Families Act 2014 in England. We are offering this revised booklet at a discounted…