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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of statutory duties on local authorities concerning disabled children, young people, their families and carers; and if he will take steps to ensure that any changes to such statutory duties are subject to a (a) formal consultation and (b) full impact assessment.
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend Annette Brooke by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend Mr Pickles on
There is no implication that any particular duty on the list is being considered for removal, and there is certainly no intention to remove the duties on councils with respect to support for disabled children and children with special educational needs.
The review is as much about ensuring vital duties are retained as it is about removing unnecessary burdens. Any changes to statutory duties which come about as a result of the review will be properly considered and consulted on where necessary.