This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Make LAs fund parental chosen legal representation at SEND appeals
LAs are increasingly instructing expensive, external legal firms to represent them at SEND tribunals. Often this will be a barrister, regardless of whether the parents of the disabled child is represented. Tribunals are meant to be light touch, and families are not being given a fair hearing.
Parents are at breaking point, constantly fighting for their disabled childrens' educational rights, while LAs spare no expense to 'win' tribunal claims.
To redress this imbalance, LAs should either not be allowed to instruct external legal representation, or if they do, they should fund legal representation of parents choice.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months