Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New Government drive to tackle disability inequality fails to mention children’s policy


A NEW Government drive to tackle disability inequality makes no mention of children.

It comes weeks after The Sun helped launch a campaign demanding the reversal of £434million cuts from disabled kids’ services.

A new government campaign to tackle disability inequality fails to include a children’s policy
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Instead, ministers will focus on home accessibility and disabled workers’ rights.

The Government is being dragged to the High Court today by three families who hope to win a landmark case over the withdrawal of funds for special educational needs.

The families — from North Yorkshire, Birmingham and East Sussex — say the cuts mean councils across the country cannot fulfil their legal obligation of providing education to children with special educational needs or disabilities.

They are calling on Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Chancellor Philip Hammond to increase funding to local authorities.

Badge to hail carers

CAMPAIGNERS have launched a special badge to recognise the unsung heroes who care for the nation’s most vulnerable.

Demand for the green pins has already passed 75,000, with plans to get a million people wearing them across the UK.

One in four Brits either gives or receives some form of social care.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage called the scheme “brilliant” and said “care heroes” are too often overlooked.

Profits from the £1 CARE badges go to care-related causes.

Judges will decide whether the Government’s funding decisions have been lawful.

Yesterday’s announcement made no mention of the issue, even though Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd claimed: “We intend to support disabled people in all phases of their life.”

The Sun teamed up with the Disabled Children’s Partnership to launch the Give It Back campaign. It has been backed by thousands of our readers.

  • TO support it, visit support.disabledchildrenspartnership.org.uk/en-gb/give-it-back
The number of disabled children in the UK has risen to nearly 1 million over the past 10 years – up by a third
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