ISC CEO: Labour's tax policy would place 'further strain' on state SEND provision

Posted on: 03 Jul 2024

Chief executive of the ISC Julie Robinson has called on Labour to carry out a “full impact assessment” to understand the impact its VAT levy would have on children with SEND.

In a Telegraph article outlining the potential impact of Labour's tax policy on the families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), Ms Robinson said: "Over 100,000 children and young people without an EHCP receive specialist SEND support in our schools.

"VAT on their parents’ fees will disrupt education for thousands of them, placing further strain on state SEND provision, which is already in crisis.

"Without a full impact assessment, Labour cannot say what the immediate effect of its policy would be on SEND services and local councils.

"There is a real risk that they would unintentionally pour fuel on a fire that is already very much ablaze."