Statement from Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council


Following the Children’s, Education and Skills Scrutiny Committee meeting on Wednesday  evening I wish to provide an update.

I have spoken with Cllr Sandison who is deeply upset at the distress felt by so many of our parents and carers. She has explained to me that it was certainly not her intention to cause distress. Her statement is at the end.

However, as a consequence, Cllr Sandison has tendered her resignation from the Children’s, Education and Skills Scrutiny Committee, which I have accepted. 

I have also discussed the situation with the Council’s Monitoring Officer who will follow the Council’s process with regard to the Members Code of Conduct. 

All of us who have the privilege to live, work and learn in Solihull are committed to doing our very best for all our children and young people. To this end I will be working with our key stakeholders, including parents and carers, to provide further learning for all elected Members on all aspects of working and living with Children and Young People with Special Needs.

Statement issued by Cllr Sandison: 

In no way is autism due to bad parenting. Autism is real and I in no way meant to blame parents. I unreservedly apologise. I am very sorry for the upset caused and I would like to offer my resignation from the Scrutiny Board.