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  • Government guidance on maintaining educational provision published

    Friday 20th March 2020

    Following the ministerial announcement made by Gavin Williamson earlier this week all schools will shut today, Friday. Exceptions have been announced for children of key workers, vulnerable children with social workers and children with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans and the government has now published guidance on this.

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  • UK schools to close from Friday

    Thursday 19th March 2020

    In line with a ministerial announcement made by Gavin Williamson yesterday, all schools will shut from this Friday afternoon.

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  • Important news about our family activities and parent workshops

    Wednesday 18th March 2020

    To ensure the families we support and the children they care for remain as safe as possible, all of our forthcoming planned events and workshops are now postponed until further notice. We are currently looking into alternative ways of delivering our family support services during these challenging times, and will update you as soon as we have a new programme available.

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  • COVID-19 and families with disabled children

    Monday 16th March 2020

    We know that families caring for disabled children may be particularly worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus. You might find it helpful to read these two resources from WellChild and Carers UK.

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  • Government has identified that 24,000 families have been underpaid the disability element of Child Tax Credit

    Monday 16th March 2020

    Problems in the sharing of information between the Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC have resulted in large numbers of families missing out on the disabled child element of Child Tax Credit for the third time in four years.

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  • Close the loophole campaign update

    Friday 13th March 2020

    We, like many families, are waiting for the judgement in the school transport Court of Appeal case brought by the Drexler family from Leicestershire. They challenged Leicestershire County Council’s decision to remove their daughter Kirsty’s school bus when she turned 16.

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  • Contact comments on the budget

    Thursday 12th March 2020

    Contact understands the need to deal with the coronavirus threat and the importance of infrastructure projects.

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  • Confused about money matters? Make sure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to!

    Thursday 12th March 2020

    We know times are tough. And it costs more to raise a disabled child, so getting financial help can make a real difference to you and your family. As the parent of a child who has additional needs, you are often entitled to a number of benefits and other financial help. The benefits and tax credits system can be very confusing, so that’s why we’re holding a free ‘Money Matters’ webinar for parents on Tuesday 17 March from 10.30 to 11.30 am

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  • It’s budget day - here’s Contact’s budget for disabled children

    Wednesday 11th March 2020

    Today at 12.30pm the chancellor Rishi Sunak MP will announce the new budget. Ahead of the announcement, here's Contact's budget for disabled children.

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  • Universal Credit examined by parliamentarians

    Tuesday 10th March 2020

    Today, Tuesday 10 March, members of the House of Lords' Economic Affairs Committee will quiz former Minister Rt Hon. Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP and other government advisers on Universal Credit.

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