Backing calls for action over Sutton SEND crisis

I am backing calls from my Sutton Conservative colleagues for action to be taken in order to improve the lives of the Borough's most vulnerable children.

The Lib Dem-run Council is failing the most vulnerable children in our Borough, and recent revelations have showed that they are not fit to act on the concerns raised by parents from the Sutton EHCP crisis group. 

Since last year’s Ofsted report that highlighted countless strategic faults within Sutton Council’s SEN department, more failings have been uncovered, with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) being refused and questions being asked in Parliament by Paul Scully, MP for Sutton & Cheam, about future visits from Ofsted.

On Friday, Tracey Burley, the Managing Director of Cognus, was removed from her post. This is the latest event in a long line of unfortunate decisions from management and politicians within Sutton Council and Cognus. However, Sutton Conservatives feel that Ms Burley has been used as a human shield by the Liberal Democrats to cover up their own political failure to get a grip on the crisis engulfing Cognus and the council.  

As a result my colleague, Councillor Lily Bande, has called on the lead member for SEN in the Borough to resign and take responsibility for the failings.