Special needs budgets to be controlled by parents

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Parents are to be given more financial control over support for children with special educational needs, in a major shake-up of the system in England.

The government says it wants to push ahead with proposals announced last year that parents should have a "personal budget" for their children.

The changes could also see fewer children in the special needs category.

Children's minister Sarah Teather said the current system was "outdated and not fit for purpose".

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.

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