One in six children with special needs could lose support due to ‘huge cuts’, warns Greater Manchester MP

By John Paul Shammas

A shocking one is six children who have special needs could lose support as the Tory-led Government champion a new cost-cutting Children and Families Bill, according to a Greater Manchester MP.

The bill, which had a second reading in Westminster yesterday, will scrap ‘school action‘ categories which provide support such as access to specialist teachers and educational psychologists.

And Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has spoken out against the proposed changes.

“We all know families in Denton and Reddish with children who have special educational needs who are struggling, and this bill risks making things worse.

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

The bill was introduced into the house of commons earlier this month, and will now be sent to a Public Bill Committee for further scrutiny.

Alongside putting children with special needs at risk of losing support, it also seeks to reform legislation relating to adoption and children in care, aspects of the family justice system and statutory rights relating to time off work for ante-natal care.

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