Start of Autism group inquiry into SEN reform

Local MP Steve Brine will be part of an inquiry into Special Educational Needs (SEN) reform in Parliament, which begins this week.

The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, will be on the panel for two oral evidence sessions which will take place in March.

The first session takes place on Tuesday (6 March 2012), and will hear from a range of witnesses, including parents, young people with autism, teachers and local authority representatives. The second session will take place on Tuesday 13th March and will hear from politicians including Children's Minister Sarah Teather, as well as academics and other autism professionals.

Mr Brine said: "These sessions provide a significant opportunity for us to hear concerns and suggestions from a variety of stakeholders, organisations and Ministers.

"I know from the thousands of doors I have knocked on over the past few years, not to mention the stacks of correspondence I receive on the subject, that this issue is very close to many families across Winchester & Chandler's Ford, and I would be delighted if as many local people as possible were able to take part in our inquiry, which will be submitted to Government in due course."

Pictured; Steve with President of the National Autistic Society, Jane Asher, at the launch of 'Great Expectations' in the Commons back in 2011; a new campaign from the NAS.

More information ...

Steve BrineĀ is asking constituents to visit his special webpage on the subject where you can find further details and complete a short survey which will form part of the inquiry. You can visit