Monday 15 April 2019 / 6:48 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Angela Rayner responds to £1.2 billion cut in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to new research by the National Education Union showing that special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision has been cut by £1.2 billion since 2015, said:

“Austerity is a political choice and it is disgraceful that the most vulnerable children are paying the price for Tory cuts.

“Education is a right, not a privilege, and these cuts mean that in one of the richest countries in the world children with special educational needs are not receiving the support they need.

“Ministers should be utterly ashamed that as a result of these cuts parents have been forced to take their own government to the High Court to demand their children receive the education that is theirs by right.”