Feedback needed on SEND Local Offer

A survey has been launched to find out families’ views of Reading’s information service for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Reading’s SEND Local Offer provides details about services, support and activities available for children and young people with SEND, and their families.

The Council runs an annual survey in order to find out if there are any ways the service can be improved.

Respondents will be asked to answer a few straightforward questions about the quality of information they have accessed using the SEND Local Offer, how easy it was to find, what they liked about the service and ways that it could be improved.

The survey can be found at and the deadline for responses is Monday 10 December.


Join Carers UK campaign to make it fairer for carers

Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind at £64.60 per week. It is the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family and friends. The unpaid care provided by carers in the UK is worth over £132 billion per year, yet many struggle to make ends meet. Fairer for Carers

Fairer for Carers

In Scotland, Carer's Allowance is going up by £8.50 per week to the same level as Jobseeker's Allowance, which we have welcomed. In the short term, Carers UK want Carer's Allowance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be raised by at least £8.50 to match the positive changes being made in Scotland.

It's not fair that carers in the UK will receive different rates of financial support depending on where they live.

Carers UK need your help - add your support to their call to Government to increase Carer's Allowance to match the changes being made in Scotland.

This is just the first step. In the long term, Carers UK wants to see Carer's Allowance and the Carer Premium significantly increased for all carers in the UK, rising annually with Government adjustments for inflation.

You can add your support to the campaign here.



Have your say about charges for care and support

Are you, or the person you care for, being charged for your care and support? If so, please take part in a survey about charges for care and support.

A charity consortium, the Independent Living Strategy, want to know about the experiences of people who access support from their local councils and find out how they are charging for care and support and how this impacts on people who use support.

They want to see the charging issue dealt with in the forthcoming Green Paper on Social Care, which is due to be published later this year.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can ask someone to help you complete it or they may complete it on your behalf with your permission.

You can access the survey at