Council halts consultation after ‘miscommunication’ apology

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Suffolk County Council has suspended its consultation into a review of specialist support centres after apologising for errors.

The specialist support centres (SSCs) were thought to be under threat in seven schools across the county, including St Gregory Primary School in Sudbury, after a review into the service became public knowledge.

Paul Senior, from the county council’s children and young people’s services, apologised for a “miscommunication” between the council and the headteachers of the seven primary schools after he sent out a consultive paper outlining the proposals.

The review, which parents have deemed incorrect and lacking in research, considered four options, which included decommissioning the service.

In a fresh letter sent out to parents and stakeholders on Wednesday, Mr Senior confirmed that the consultation would be put on hold.

He wrote that the paper, which was accompanied by a message for “interested parties”, had been circulated to a “wider than intended audience”.