In April 2018, the Department for Education began a national trial to extend the powers of the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals, and make non-binding decisions about, health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans. The Trial was due to end on 31st August 2020.
Linked to the information above, the Prime Minister has set out a recovery strategy to begin bringing the country out of the lockdown measures that were imposed to help protect us all from the Coronavirus.
On 11th May 2020, the Government published information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1st June 2020.
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.
Unpaid carers such as parent carers with disabled children have now been added to the list of essential workers and those prioritised for COVID-19 testing in England.
On Friday 1st May, Contact launched a survey through the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) to help them gain more insight and evidence on the impact of lockdown on families with disabled children. The findings will be shared with government to influence their actions on the pandemic and beyond.
From Monday, HMRC are beginning to contact those self-employed people who may be eligible for government support through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
On 1st May 2020, the government updated guidance to provide an FAQ of Coronavirus questions and answers relating to schools and education.