for James is launched with a specific view to informing the Children and Families Bill.
12 October 2012
Submitted written evidence to Parliament for the pre-legislative enquiry around the Bill. Sent copy of Standing Up for James to chairman of Education Select Committee.
Personalised, targeted emails sent to about 30 MPs and Peers, asking for their support and
involvement over the Bill. Copies of Standing Up for James placed
in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament.
20 November 2012
Article written for the Westminster Education Forum conference on the Bill.
5 March 2013
conference held by The Council for Disabled Children, asking Stephen Kingdom from DfE about
a single point of appeal. Being told there were no plans to introduce one into the Bill.
11 March 2013
Writing first letter to
the Minister for Children and Families in charge of the Bill, Edward Timpson.
15 March 2013
Making a written submission to Parliament
over Clause 50 of the Bill (at that point Clause 50 concerned appeals to Tribunal). 17 March 2013
First letter to
Edward Timpson featured in the Sunday Mercury
20 March 2013
Invited by Tom
Clarke MP and learning disability charity Mencap, to attend a meeting of several All Party Parliamentary Groups held in the House of Commons
to consider the Bill. Raising the issue of the single point of appeal.
14 April 2013
Invited by Rosa Monckton to speak at her
Seminar ‘Right to Care?’ held in the House of Commons.
full but disappointing response from a civil servant to first letter to Minister Edward Timpson.
13 May 2013
Second letter to
Minister Edward Timpson.
6 September 2013
Article for National
Autistic Society newsletter supporting their petition for a single point of
appeal from EHC plans.
17 October 2013
published in Huffington Post UK supporting petition signed by 104 charities, organised by Every Disabled
Child Matters Campaign.
6 November 2013
for James is referred to by Baroness
Hughes and Baroness Wilkins during a parliamentary debate on the Bill. The book is now recorded in Hansard.
9 December 2013
to Prime Minister David Cameron accompanied by public appeal for people to petition the Prime Minister directly, via the No. 10 website.
15 December 2013
to Prime Minister featured in the Birmingham Mail.
17 December 2013
National Autistic Society to speak to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism in the House of Commons. The
meeting was attended by Minister Edward Timpson who sat on the speaker panel
with me; also Steve McCabe, then shadow Minister for Children and Families; Rob
Holland, Parliamentary Lead for Mencap and Dan Leighton, then parliamentary and policy officer for the
National Autistic Society. Following this meeting there were huddles in corners
and the pilot scheme was mooted.
5 February 2014
agrees to amend the Bill to include a Pilot Scheme for the single point of appeal.
1 September 2014
Oral evidence given to CEDAR team at Warwick University who have been commissioned by DfE to evaluate pilots.
29 March 2017
that pilots will be rolled out nationwide for 2 years