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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Routine dental services to resume on 8th June, after Julian questions Health Secretary

Routine dental services to resume on 8th June, after Julian questions Health Secretary

Julian has welcomed the announcement that dental surgeries can re-open for routine care from 8th June, having tabled written parliamentary questions via the House of Commons to Matt Hancock on 21st May requesting clarification on the timeline and safety precautions for this. As part of the coronavirus response, ordinary dental care has been suspended since

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Julian has today written to Dee Ford, the Group Managing Director of Bauer Media’s...

Minster FM announcement

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As summer approaches, I know many residents will feel some frustration at the grinding...

Julian warns that council now has ‘no excuses’ following 7.5% budget hike for Special Educational Needs support

November 4, 2019

Julian has today urged City of York Council to take full advantage of a 7.5% increase in their high needs education budget awarded to them by central government.


It comes as reports have grown locally of parents struggling to access formal support for their children through a funded Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Only 846 children in the city currently benefit from a plan, putting York in the bottom ten local authorities nationally.


In March, Julian organised a debate in Parliament after being approached by numerous constituents asking for help with EHCP applications. In the debate, he highlighted that the current system for allocating support risks leaving behind the 80% of children with SEN who do not have an EHCP.


After hearing about the funding increase, Julian said:


I am delighted that central government are starting to fulfill their side of the deal and providing meaningful increases in SEN funding in England. However, as I said back in March, it is not just about funding increases, it is also about how schools and local authorities allocate the support.


Whilst I have nothing but respect for the local professionals working to support our children, the fact is that York has fallen behind comparable council areas with the number of EHCPs that are being granted. The 7.5% budget increase for the city means that there are now no excuses and I hope that serious progress can be made in closing this gap.