Families officially launch legal challenge over SEN funding policy

Three families have applied to the High Court for permission to bring a legal challenge against the government over how it provides funding to local authorities.

The case is being brought on their behalf by Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Public Law and Human Rights team, who have instructed Jenni Richards QC of 39 Essex Chambers and Stephen Broach and Ciar McAndrew of Monckton Chambers.

The claimant families, who are drawn from North Yorkshire, Birmingham and East Sussex, have formed a group called SEND Action. They believe that current government grants are leaving councils without enough money to fulfil their legal obligation of providing care for pupils with a range of disabilities and conditions.

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