Can't believe it - in shock! This started from when we had a 8.5k a year placement as our first school choice. LA played their stupid games and the offer of a place withdrawn on the final day of submissions so we had 24 hours to find an independent placement which we have won.
So a year of stress which could have been resolved months ago without the need for tribunal - cost to us 3k and heaps of stress.
Cost to LA was originally going to be about 20k if they had gone with our first choice of placement, cost to LA now 70k a year for the placement plus the cost of hiring a solicitor and barrister to take us on - I did it without any legal help but the power of mumsnet.
Would like to say thank you to each and everyone of you for holding my hand through this journey. Just shows that David can beat Goliath.
The journey not over for me as now the complaint process starts but that can wait for another day
Hurrah! I had a hunch but you never know with panels so its good to have faith in common sense restored. We started off asking for £7500 part time mld nursery placement and ended up with £50k ABA in mainstream all because LA insisted ds was too bright and mild for SS. Glad the game playing blew up in their faces. Don't expect their attitude to change our LA treated us as tho we had bewitched the panel and lied to win to avoid accepting any responsibility. The best thing is you can now cut out of your life all those profs who did not help you. Right now go book the spa you missed out on. You deserve a total blow out.