The Chancellor Philip Hammond said nothing in his recent Budget about Social Care. The Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association described this as “hugely disappointing”.
The economy is struggling. There is no end to austerity in sight. Leicestershire County Council is continuing to reduce its services.
Investing in our children
The County County has a statutory duty to provide transport to school for children with Special Educational Needs. This duty only applies during school age years up to the age of 16. It is now consulting parents and taxpayers. Should the Council stop providing this transport?
It is cuts like this that make me angry. A child with Special Educational Needs need special educational provision. That provision is not always convenient. Children with Special Educational Needs have physical or behavioural problems. They often need special help simply to get to school.
Handing the responsibility to parents in the form of a personal budget is not good enough. Parents need to be able to choose the best education for their child post-16. They should not have to worry about how the child is going to get there. This is important for all parents. It is all the more important for parents of children whose educational needs cannot be met in a local school.
Please support parents of children with Special Educational Needs.
Tell the County Council that this is a cut too far.
The deadline for consultation is Thursday, 21 December.
Fill in the consultation online by visiting www.Leicestershire.gov.uk/school-transport-policy-changes To request a paper copy of the consultation call 0116 305 0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org