Parents' views sought on future services for children with disabilities

Caroline Temple-Bird Bristol Parent Carers group said a similar event last year attracted 100 parents

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Parents in Bristol who have children with disabilities and special needs are being asked for their views on planned changes to council services.

One change being introduced is "personalisation" - giving families their own personal budget and control over their choice of services.

Bristol Parent Carers group has set up a day for people to raise any issues.

A spokeswoman said: "We don't want this to happen to us - we want to be part of the conversation from the beginning."

'Questions and concerns'

Caroline Temple-Bird from the group said: "Personal budgets for parent carers are arriving across the whole country.

"We really wanted to talk to our local authorities to find out what that's going to look like in Bristol."

Alastair Watson, from Bristol City Council, said: "It is important that parents are given an opportunity to have their say on future service improvements.

"The council will be there with other agencies to listen and take on board parents' questions and concerns."

Anyone wishing to attend the events on 6 March is asked to book a place by contacting the Bristol Parent Carers group.

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