Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s recent Budget to Parliament, Stephen Kingdom, Campaign Manager for the Disabled Children’s Partnership, has responded, emphasising that it was a missed opportunity to address the crisis in health and social care services for children with disabilities.

Stephen said: “The Budget included welcome additional funding for social care. But it was a missed opportunity to address the crisis in social care services for disabled children.

“Our research identified a £434 million funding gap for these services. It is essential that the Government uses next year’s spending review to close this gap and to create an early intervention and family resilience fund as set out in our Five Step Plan.”

The Disabled Children’s Partnership’s Five Step Plan is part of the organisation’s Secret Life of Us campaign which aims to make the Government aware of the lack of services available for disabled children and their families. It puts forward five different steps to the Government so that it can ensure health and social care services work for disabled children and their families.

The five actions the Disabled Children’s Partnership proposes are:

1. To make disabled children a priority on the Government’s agenda

2. To review current short breaks provision funding for disabled children and their families

3. To reassess existing rights for disabled children and provide relevant information so they, and their parents/carer, understand their rights

4. To create an early intervention and family resilience fund and support children with disabilities to study

5. To change the existing system to strengthen rights and entitlements for disabled children and their families

A combination of over 60 organisations, the Disabled Children’s Partnership campaigns for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families.

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