Well I got tribunal decision today. Everything has more or less been met in the middle. I know I should be pleased but I feel slightly deflated. We were not asking for much and this could have easily been sorted out without tribunal. For example we ask 25 hours support rather than the 15 offered. We now have 20.
Thank you. I am feeling a little less deflate now:-). When I think about how I would have felt it the panel had agreed with LA. I just can't help think about how much time and money has gone into this from both parties.
Thanks. I am wondering if I should have spent a little more and brought more witnesses.
I really wish I could do more to change the system. Not just for my child but for others too. I feel so powerless. I don't know how parents stand a chance if they don't pay for independent reports? All other evidence is out of date because of the 6 month timescale.
Now I have to wait for the new statement which by the look of it will not be around till the next school year.
Thank you all for your advice throughout this journey.
Hi Cheese, I would be deflated at that outcome too, though a well done and congratulations are hugely deserved for what you have acheived.
The reason I would be deflated, is because presumably you believed you had enough evidence for what you were asking for, which is why you were putting yourself through it.
I wonder at my first tribunal, whether I should have got a top barrister instead of an advocate, but the truth is it wouldn't have made any difference. The evidence for our case was clear. The panel chose not to heed it. The system allows that. More money would have simply been more money wasted.