Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Will time scales be in the law?
Question: Do you believe fixed time scales for processes will continue?
IPSEA’s answer: Time scales ensure the SEN system works not just promptly but at all. If LAs did not have time scales fixed by law to complete actions or make decisions, it would be at their discretion when (if at all) they did so. Currently when a LA ignores a time limit they can be forced into complying because it is the law. If time scales are not in place then this will be a serious erosion of existing parental rights. But at the moment the Minister hasn’t given any assurance on keeping time scales in the law.