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Review disabled children's support, says commissioner

The government said that spending on disability benefits was higher than the EU average


Ministers are being urged to review care provided for children with disabilities following research into the adequacy of support for families.

Children’s commissioner for England Maggie Atkinson called the findings “heart-rending” and “disturbing”.

The report suggested some families were unable to afford basic necessities for “a dignified life”.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the report contained “a small sample, presenting a partial picture”.

The study, carried out by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for the children’s commissioner, found evidence that poverty meant some disabled children were not living lives that met international human rights standards.

Ms Atkinson said the research findings were “not an easy read”.