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13Persons with learning difficulties

(1)    In discharging its functions under sections 2, 3, 5(1)(a) to (d) and (g) and 8 the Council must have regard—

(a)    to the needs of persons with learning difficulties, and

(b)    in particular, to any report of an assessment conducted under section 140.

(2)    If the Council is satisfied that it cannot secure the provision of facilities for education or training which are sufficient in quantity and adequate in quality for a person with a learning difficulty who is over compulsory school age but who has not attained the age of 19 unless it also secures the provision of boarding accommodation for him, the Council must secure the provision of boarding accommodation for him.

(3)    If the Council is satisfied that it cannot secure the provision of reasonable facilities for education or training for a person with a learning difficulty who has attained the age of 19 but not the age of 25 unless it also secures the provision of boarding accommodation for him, the Council must secure the provision of boarding accommodation for him.

(4)    If the Council is satisfied that it cannot secure the provision of reasonable facilities for education or training for a person with a learning difficulty who has attained the age of 25 unless it also secures the provision of boarding accommodation for him, the Council may secure the provision of boarding accommodation for him.

(5)    A person has a learning difficulty if—

(a)    he has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of persons of his age, or

(b)    he has a disability which either prevents or hinders him from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided by institutions providing post-16 education or training.

(6)    But a person is not to be taken to have a learning difficulty solely because the language (or form of language) in which he is or will be taught is different from a language (or form of language) which has at any time been spoken in his home.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
To be appointed

To be appointed: see s 154(1)(a).

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