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.


30 NOV 2017

Secret Lives

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Disabled Children's Partnership's campaign 'The Secret Life of Us'.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Department of Education is of interest:

Disabled children and their families should receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives and be part of the community.
The Department of Health welcome the work to increase awareness, and have offered to meet with the Disabled Children's Partnership to discuss this further.
Providing an inclusive education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is a priority for the Department for Education. The introduction of national funding formulae for schools and high needs is supported by extra investment of £1.3 billion across 2018-19 and 2019-20. This means every local authority will see a minimum increase of 0.5 per cent per pupil in 2018-19 and 1 per cent per pupil in 2019-20. Underfunded local authorities will receive up to 3 per cent per pupil gains a year for the next two years.
Local authorities receive funding for services through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as from central government. They make decisions on spending for social care for children and young people based on their local needs and priorities. Councils will receive more than £200 billion for local services, including children's social care up to 2020.

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