I propose to take Questions Nos. 278, 285 and 287 together.
I am aware of the extra expense that can arise for parents who have children with dyslexia.
In recent years, the Government has increased significantly the supports available through the direct expenditure system for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia.
As with many areas where State support may be required, the question arises as to whether such support may be more effectively provided through the direct expenditure route rather than through the tax system. One advantage of the former mechanism is that the support may be better targeted at those in need, irrespective of family income, whereas support through the tax system can only benefit those whose incomes are high enough to benefit from tax relief.
I have no plans to extend tax relief to cover expenses incurred by parents who have children with dyslexia. However, this matter, like any other, can be raised by the Deputies at Finance Bill time.