Battling for Katie's care

10th February 2006 at 00:00
Colette and David Lloyd are in a battle with Oxfordshire County Council over how much extra support it will fund for their daughter Katie, eight, who has Down Syndrome.

When Katie started at Freeland primary, in Witney, after her family returned from Bahrain, the local authority said it would fund what amounts to 15 hours' support a week, three-and-a-half hours short of the one-to-one attention Mrs Lloyd says Katie needs. Now, after failing to agree a statement of needs, the family plans to take the authority to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

They are backed by IPSEA which claims the council is breaking the law.

John Mitchell, Oxfordshire assistant director for children, young people and families, said that the vast majority of such cases did not reach a tribunal.

Parents can contact IPSEA for advice on 0800 018 4016

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