Disabled children (health and social care)

Local authorities receive funding for services through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as from central government. They make decisions on spending for social care for children and young people based on their local needs and priorities. I welcome that councils will receive more than £200 billion for local services, including children's social care up to 2020.

I am determined that disabled children and their families in our constituency should receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives and be part of the community. I wholly support the excellent work this campaign is doing to bring to life the reality of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face in living a life many of us take for granted. 

I am encouraged by the commitment to improve opportunities and life chances for all children and young people, and I know that health and care services are recognised as playing an integral part in achieving this. I know that my colleagues in the Department of Health welcome the work to increase awareness, and offered to meet with the Disabled Children's Partnership to discuss this further.