A PROJECT to improve the lives of hundreds of Calderdale children with special needs has been given the go-ahead.
The Government will put £150,000 a year into the scheme, which could eventually be extended throughout the country.
Calderdale has been chosen as one of 20 pathfinders to test out reforms which include producing a single education, health and care plan for children from birth to 25 years old, focusing on improvements.
Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale will work in partnership with Calderdale Parent and Carers Council.
The council’s social care spokeswoman, Coun Megan Swift, said: “Pathfinder status gives us the opportunity to make a real difference to lives of local disabled children and young people.”
Parents could get personal budgets so they can choose which services best suit their needs.
Parent and Carers Council’s chief executive Chris Easton said: “Families are at the centre of the bid and the work that will stem from it, and we are very enthusiastic about working together to bring about positive change.”