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  • Get your disabled child vaccinated against the flu virus this winter

    Monday 2nd October 2017

    Did you know that the flu vaccination is available to children with long-term health conditions and many who have a learning disability?

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  • Victory for families campaigning to save local short breaks service

    Friday 29th September 2017

    Campaigning families in Hertfordshire are celebrating as their local short breaks (respite) service has been saved from closure. The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) reversed its decision to cease funding. Whilst good news, the threat of closure caused families unnecessary worry. Sign our letter calling on the Government to review the funding and availability of short breaks services so that disputes like this don't arise in the first place.

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  • Universal credit is extended to Northern Ireland

    Wednesday 27th September 2017

    Despite recent calls for the rollout of Universal Credit to be suspended, this week sees the introduction of Universal Credit to Northern Ireland for the first time.

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  • Details of Scottish Young Carer Grant confirmed

    Monday 25th September 2017

    Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed details of a new grant for young carers at school.

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  • The day I made an appeal - a parent blog

    Friday 22nd September 2017

    In this parent blog, Rosalind tells the story of her appeal against her daughter's Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

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  • Are you brave enough to be Styled by the Kids?

    Thursday 21st September 2017

    We are launching a brand new fundraising initiative this October and we’d love you to join in the fun and help raise money for Contact at the same time.

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  • MPs call for halt in the roll out of Universal Credit

    Wednesday 20th September 2017

    Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, has said that fundamental flaws in Universal Credit must be resolved before the roll out of the full service continues.

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  • How our helpline is achieving childcare success

    Monday 18th September 2017

    From this September 2017, working families of three and four year olds in England are entitled to an extra 15 hours of free childcare. This is on top of the existing 15 hours of free early education for all parents of three and four year olds and some two year olds. The 30 hours free childcare offer is worth around £5,000 per child. We have produced a new webpage on eligibility for the new 30 hours free childcare offer.

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  • Department for Education publishes latest forum SEND survey

    Thursday 14th September 2017

    The Department for Education (DfE) has published its latest newsletter, including the headline figures from the Spring 2017 special educational needs and disability (SEND) implementation survey of local authorities and parent carer forums on the SEND reforms.

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  • Today we've secured a major campaign win

    Sunday 10th September 2017

    Today we've secured a major campaign win. The Secretary of State for education has announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school travel for eligible children with special educational needs.

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