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At Contact a Family – the national charity supporting families with disabled children regardless of condition or disability – we’ve seen a four-fold increase in the number of calls to our free special educational needs (SEN) helpline since last September when the government introduced radical changes to the way children and young people in England with SEN are supported in school and college.

A year on since these changes the education experts on our free helpline – 0808 808 3555 – regularly speak to parents who need support to navigate the new SEN system, want to know how to get their concerns listened to, or need help dealing with complicated paperwork.

One important aim of the SEN reforms was to put children or young people and their families at the centre of any discussion about the support they are offered and to help children with SEN achieve the best possible outcomes.

We’re worried that the dramatic increase in calls to our helpline about the SEN changes means that there is still a lot of confusion out there.

We don’t want any parent who cares for a child with special educational needs to feel this way and want to help as many as possible get the most out of the new system.

If you care for a child with special educational needs or a disability and you are worried or confused about changes to the way your child is supported at school, call our free helpline – 0808 808 3555 – for expert advice, information and support.

Jill Davies,

Contact a Family,


house of lords

Abolish this feudal relic

The House of Lords is an undemocratic feudal relic, consisting of 670 life peers who mainly got there by pleasing the government that appointed them.

It also has 87 hereditary peers and 26 Church of England bishops. Its members can claim £300 a day (more than 46 hours at the minimum wage) just for ‘attending’.

It is true that the government is regularly defeated in the Lords, but its main role in amending legislation is to warn the government that they are in danger of ‘overstepping the mark’ or provoking social unrest.

It is dangerous to believe that capitalist bodies such as the House of Lords can be a vehicle for social progress or that it wouldn’t use the same powers to sabotage socialist legislation passed in the House of Commons.

The House of Lords is part of the capitalists’ armoury that protects the profit system. It’s time to abolish the House of Lords as an important step in the democratisation of our politics.

John Smithee,



Where will they live?

It has recently been reported that more than 40 councils have agreed to take in so-called refugees from Syria.

May we be informed if West Norfolk Council is one of the 40?

If no, what is the council’s position on this?

If yes, obviously they will be given preferential treatment and just where are they going to be housed, bearing in mind the existing waiting list for housing?

Michael Warden,

Tilney St Lawrence.


Thanks for a great time

I would like to place on record a big thank you to Events and Entertainment in Long Sutton (EELS) for the bank holiday entertainment provided in Long Sutton.

Our party was aged from three to 70 and we all had a great time.

We may have got a trifle damp, but this was an English bank holiday – what does one expect?

Well done all concerned.

Sue Mason,

Long Sutton.

wasps absent

Buzzed off?

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that there do not seem to be many wasps around this year?

Conversely, I seem to be over-run by flying ants.

Citizen reader,

via email.

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