Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


25 JUN 2019

Invest in Deaf Children

Thank you for taking the time to email me about more funding for deaf children's education.

I understand your concern on this matter and realise you would like to see more funding pledged for this in the Spending Review., I would also be happy to see this prioritised by the new cabinet when they are appointed.

A debate was held on this topic at the end of last year in Westminster Hall and you can view the full transcript via the following link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-09-13/debates/95BAE0F2-0F29-4F5B-8C2E-72D0D81DF65D/DeafChildren'SServices?highlight=deaf%20children#contribution-482BECD8-150F-44A8-8041-E3CF0DEF6209

I know that in the debate the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi MP highlighted that the Department has committed £23 million of additional funding to support local authorities to conduct strategic reviews of their SEND provision and are investing ‚Äč£265 million of additional capital funding specifically aimed at helping local authorities to develop provision for children and young people with education, health and care plans.

You may also be interested in the following briefing from the House of Commons Library concerning deaf children's services:

researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CDP-2018-0192/CDP-2018-0192.pdf

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