BBC News interviews Beverly Watkins following successful tribunal ruling for her client against Bristol City Council

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BBC News interviews Beverly Watkins following successful tribunal ruling for her client against Bristol City Council

Beverley Watkins appeared in an article published by BBC News yesterday, following a Special Needs and Disability Tribunal ruling in favour of her client, Nura Aabe and her severely autistic son Zak, against Bristol City Council. Asked for her reaction, Beverley had this to say: "I'm delighted that Zak will be back in appropriate education shortly.

"He's a delightful young man, due to the strength of his mother who has fought for him since he was very young."

Nura took legal action against Bristol City Council after they had offered Zak a place at Bristol City College, despite it being unsuitable. Having taken the initial view that the college could not meet his needs, the council then used the family's appearance in a BBC Inside Out documentary to assess him for placement and changed their stance.

Zak did not take up the placement and, following the ruling, Bristol City Council has conceded that Bristol City College could not meet his complex needs. Zak is due to attend Ruskin Mill in Stroud in the next two weeks, which is where Nura had always hoped he would attend.

The BBC article can be read in full, here.

 

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