Alex has a six-year old daughter with learning difficulties, and global developmental delay, who is not getting the specialist support she needs at school. Alex is battling her local council to formally recognise her daughter’s difficulties and channel more resources into her education, but support has reduced in the past year because of cuts to the local authority budget. Alex says, “My daughter needs support now. It’s a critical time in her development, but she’s overlooked in a class of 30, and we can’t afford extra tuition. I can’t sleep at night because I’m so worried. If she doesn’t get help now, she’s going to be dependent on the state all her life, which will be a huge cost to the government.”