Childrens’ speech and language services slashed

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Speech therapists marching in defence of the NHS

SPEECH and Language Therapy Services for children who have problems learning to speak have been severely cut by the Tories with a new report launched yesterday entitled ‘We Need To Talk: Access to Speech and Language Therapy,’ calling for urgent action to stop the services from going under.

The report is by Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: ‘Funding for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is in crisis.

‘Children requiring access to Speech and Language Therapy should not be the victims of a postcode lottery.

‘The NEU urges the government to listen to the findings of the Children’s Commissioner’s report into Speech and Language Therapy, and ensure that every local authority and school is provided with sufficient funding to enable all pupils in their care timely access to this vital

service.’