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High Court calls time on council delays for children with special needs and disabilities

In a landmark judgment issued on 8th March 2022 the High Court has made it clear that every local council must keep to fixed legal time limits when reviewing the needs of children and young people with special educational needs.

This is good news from the High Court, whereby local authorities can no longer delay updating EHC plans for months on end. Draft amended plan must be issued within 4 weeks of the annual review, with the final amended plan issued within 12 weeks of the annual review. Click here for details.

For those parents and young people awaiting an amended EHC plan following an annual review, the following template can be incorporated into a letter to your LA that explains what it must do to comply with the law: Click here to download the template letter we have created.

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