Spending review

While we acknowledge government pressure to make financial savings, the RCSLT’s priorities are to ensure that good quality speech and language therapy courses remain sustainable and access into the speech and language therapy profession is not hindered.

We look forward to seeing more detailed information being made available by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department of Health about the proposed changes to pre-registration education. Once we have considered the implications of the proposals we will engage with future government consultations, as appropriate.

We will continue to update RCSLT members about the policy proposals when they become clear.

The £600m cut to the Education Service Grant, which local authorities use to fund speech and language therapy among other services, is of great concern. There is a risk of vital services being removed from children with speech, language and communication needs, who need such support to enable them to have the best start in life and achieve their potential both at school and in life.

Issued by RCSLT Communications.