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Reforms to Special Educational Needs (SEN) assessments could reduce family benefit payments

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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CHILDREN with special educational needs across East Staffordshire will soon be affected by reforms to the way their condition is assessed.

The current assessment is made either online or over the phone, but the reforms will see much more in-depth measures carried out which could include face-to-face visits.

The changes have been made to bring greater focus on personal goals, family involvement and improved rights and protections for young people in further education.

Concerns have been raised by many that their current benefits and allowances could be affected by the changes.

Edward Timson, minister for children and families said: "We have not changed the definition of special educational needs or the basis on which councils determine whether a child needs a statutory assessment.

"Some parents have expressed concern that their child will lose support because of the changes.

"I can assure you that no one will be left without support just because of the changes."

While the comment confirms that support will not be lost entirely, parents are still concerned that payments could be reduced.

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