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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Minister for giving way. There was a piece of that that registered with me. We talk about complexity of need. Does the Minister agree that it may be that there is just a better understanding of the complexity of need and that, as opposed to thinking about the individuals and the changing profile of children, we are just getting better at understanding their needs?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. I really admire his passion for the subject, and I served on the Committee with him. Does the Member agree that, while funding is one avenue of concern, the under-use of the Children’s Services Co-operation Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 has been a singular failure by most of the Departments to exercise efficiencies and direct transformation?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. I am loath to jump in here, because I think that you are making great headway, but I want to pay credit to you as the chair of the all-party group on learning disability and the former chair of the all-party group on disability. We have shared roles there. The Member mentioned that children with a learning disability or a disability face discrimination at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for his intervention, and I will try to answer him as briefly —.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: Thank you, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. This is going to get crazy biscuits now. To answer the Member briefly, if that is ok, the EA of our phase inherited a real catastrophe and was faced with an almost impossible situation. At this point, I am reserving judgement, because I believe that some of the people who are there, and who were there, have been doing, and did, their best. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I was laughing at you. I beg to move the following amendment: At end insert: "; and to work with Executive colleagues to provide a clear pathway for children with SEND to transition from education to post-education settings"

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Special Educational Needs and Disability: Investment and Transformation (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: That will teach me, won't it? I was laughing at the Chair of the Education Committee for making a mistake, but I made mine on purpose. I was thinking about your comment about crazy biscuits, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker, and about how I could be funny. I do not need to be funny, because this is a serious debate. We have no hesitation in supporting the motion, and we hope that there will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Shared and Integrated Education: Funding (26 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: Can the Minister give an update on the impact that the funding cuts will have on the new-build project for Fort Hill Integrated College in his constituency of Lagan Valley?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speech and Language Therapy: Criminal Justice System (20 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: The Minister has made a really good contribution, but her last statement concerns me a little bit. Many people who have a speech and language difficulty do not even know that that is the case, which impacts their ability to trigger that support. I suggested that we could look at having some type of assessment on committal, as that would mean that nobody falls through the sieve.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speech and Language Therapy: Criminal Justice System (20 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: My name is on the motion, but I was not minded to speak on it, because my leader and Mike Nesbitt, who will make the winding-up speech, are passionate about it. However, I have listened to the debate with great interest — I thank every Member who has participated in it — and it would be remiss of me, given my experience as a former prison officer and my interest in children and young...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Speech and Language Therapy: Criminal Justice System (20 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: Thank you very much; I appreciate that. I thank the Member for his intervention. The reality is that, if you work there, it impacts on you too. Some of the prisons are old and archaic. They are not therapeutic environments, and it is the same for the staff. That is why it is important that, particularly on committal, the prison population, whether young offenders or prisoners, is assessed...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Sign Language Legislation (20 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I welcome the Minister's announcement today, and I would like to give him the opportunity to commit to achieving the legislation in this mandate. Is the Minister minded to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into the ambitions for the legislation?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (19 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way, because the matter is very close to my heart. The Assembly has seen multiple failures when it comes to the training college at Desertcreat, which should have been in place years ago. The reality is that, if we want to save money and to provide better public services and a better emergency response to save people's lives, there is that need for a tri-service...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (19 Feb 2024)

Robbie Butler: I thank the Member for giving way. I enjoyed my time with him on the Education Committee, and I think that, with tonight's input so far, I will enjoy his performance in opposition. Does the Member agree — I think that he will — in regard to the deficit that our health service has faced — not just the underinvestment but the political underinvestment when we have not had a ministerial...


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