Parents are begging a Tory-led council not to go ahead with its devastating cuts

Council cuts to school transport
Support us and go ad-free

Conservative-led Leicestershire County Council is proposing nearly £1m in cuts to school transport. The council is targeting families who have children with special educational needs, as well as low-income families. Parents are begging the council not to go ahead with the planned cuts.

Crucial services

Low-income families currently get discounted transport so they can afford to send their children to nursery and school. But The Leicester Mercury reports that these discounts will be reduced, as part of the council’s aim to save up to £964,000 a year. In order to reach this savings target, the council plans to cut nursery and post-16 school transport for children with special educational needs. Instead, parents will be given a budget so they can arrange their own transport.

Parents are dismayed, stressing how the loss of affordable transport could be devastating. For example, one mother – Annie Bannister – says that, if the plans go ahead, parents might have no choice but to remove their children from school. Bannister added:

I know it costs everybody but the long term cost of denying them education is far, far worse. We want our kids to have the best opportunities in our fairly blighted lives.

Labour county councillor Max Hunt says he was left in tears after reading statements from parents. He said the cuts will hurt “the most vulnerable children from the most vulnerable families”.

The Mercury reports that:

County Hall says it faces difficult decisions as it looks to save £66 million over the next four years. It says no decisions have been made and a consultation on the issue runs until December 21.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Cuts to education

Conservative austerity measures continue to impact education. These cuts have meant that a school in Theresa May’s own constituency can no longer afford stationery supplies and books. Cuts to education have also resulted in one school being forced to reduce learning time.

The World Bank has published a report [pdf] showing that a better quality of education is strongly linked to higher individual earnings and increased economic growth. Cuts to education can, therefore, result in major costs in the long run.

5,000 headteachers from all over the country have urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to allocate more cash for schools. They say vulnerable children, such as those with special needs, aren’t getting the support they need. Leicestershire County Council’s plans are further evidence of how Conservative cuts affect vulnerable families the most.

Get Involved!

– Read more articles from The Canary on education.

Join us, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via Colin Hoskins/Geograph

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed