School Crossing Patrols Under Threat
From Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting
Cuts by Wandsworth Council are threatening the future of school crossing patrols (‘lollipop people’) at many of our local schools. We all know how much of a help they are in getting our children across the road safely before and after school, but Wandsworth Council doesn’t want to pay for them anymore, instead forcing local schools to fund them on a case-by-case basis. Our schools’ resources are already stretched – and they cannot afford to do this.
I am campaigning with parents at Fircroft School against these plans. Sadiq Khan MP said, “It is disgraceful that Wandsworth Council are considering cutting our lollipop people. “Government cuts mean our schools simply cannot afford to pay for them if the Council cuts their budget.
“Road safety for our children should be one of the main priorities of our Council. By taking away our lollipop ladies and men they are putting local children’s safety at risk. Like the government, Wandsworth Council is completely out of touch. They know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. They have already performed a u-turn over charging for the Adventure playground – they must do one over lollipop people too.”
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