Fighting the campaign alongside the Disabled Children’s Partnership, the news brand organised a meeting between the children’s minister Will Quince and parents of disabled children, where the minister acknowledged families had been “let down”
Quince also apologised to a young man who had been affected, feeling like such a “burden” that he had considered ending his life.
The Sun had arranged the meeting to coincide with the biggest shake-up into Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in eight years, with thousands of places for children on offer at up to 60 new dedicated schools. Councils can also bid for funding from a pot of £2.6 billion to build new schools.
Quince told parents at the meeting: “Every single child who isn’t getting the education they deserve, every parent who has been let down by the system, that pains me.
“Do I apologise for that? Of course I do, and it’s exactly why we must put this right.”
The Sun’s Give It Back campaign, in partnership with the Disabled Children’s Partnership, urges the Government to plug an annual funding gap of £573 million in social care and support.