The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) – a coalition of 60 organisations, including Family Fund – has published economic research showing a £1.5 billion funding gap for services needed by disabled children. This investment shortfall and its consequences will be highlighted on tonight’s Panorama (BBC One, 8.30pm).

There are over one million disabled children in the UK, 33% more than a decade ago. Yet fewer disabled children than ever before are currently getting support. The DCP’s research shows there is a funding gap in disabled children’s services which means tens of thousands are missing out on vital help that enables them to do things other children take for granted.

Tonight’s Panorama will highlight the consequences of this – families having to go to court to fight for vital support and dealing with a system with limited and dwindling resources. That’s why the DCP are urgently calling on the government to plug the £1.5 billion gap – just 0.2% of total government spending – to ensure disabled children and their families have a decent quality of life.

DCP’s research, carried out by Development Economics, found that there is a £1.1 billion shortfall in funding for health services for disabled children and £433 million extra needed for social care.

Click here to read the DCP research paper The Case for a Disabled Children's Fund.