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Council not to blame for delays, says mum

A Cumbrian mother says it’s shameful that some families are having to wait too long for support plans for children with special educational needs, but she says the Council is not to blame.

Figures seen by BBC News show Cumbria County Council has taken longer than the 20-week time limit to deal with applications for Education, Health and Care Plans more than 300 times since 2014.

Council officials say they processed 1,366 cases on time over the period, and last year hit the deadline in 86% of cases, well above the national average.

Christina Bowman’s son Max has behavioural problems and has been given a plan. She says the Council is not to blame for delays.

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