Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Unison Gives the Facts On Lollipop Cuts

Unison, the public services trade Union, have released a new fact sheet for members and MPs.
When you come to the end of a lollipop... POP goes children’s safety. ...
UNISON believes that school crossing patrollers, often called lollipop people, provide a vital service to the community. Cutting their short hour low paid jobs (average £3,000 p.a.) is a false economy, especially when young lives are at stake.
It details the history of the service, in addition to the reasons why these cuts are unacceptable. Click here for the full sheet.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Parents Speak Out to Protect Lollipop Ladies and Men Across Wandsworth

From This is Local London today the following report

Worried parents and children took to the streets last week outraged that the lollipop ladies and men who protect their children outside schools could be axed by the cash-strapped council.
Pupils and parents voiced their fears after it emerged the school crossing service, which costs Wandsworth Council £200,000 a year, was under threat.
It is consulting primary schools about them taking over the cost of the service, with the council proposing that it retains responsibility for training, uniforms and equipment.
Fircroft Primary School, in Tooting, has launched a Save Our Lollipop People campaign on its website and parents of youngsters at Honeywell Junior School and Belleville Primary School, both in Battersea, have begun collecting signatures on petitions.

Local MP Sadiq Khan who is a parent from Fircroft lends his support to the Campaign
 To read the full report please follow this link

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Children Protest to Save Lollipop People and WIN!!!

Children in Dulwich in London have protested against the cuts to three lollipop patrols - and won. Well done those children. It proves you never to young to stick up for something you believe in. That is now four London Boroughs that are protesting, Brent, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Dulwich. Cuts by the boroughs on spending on crossing patrols coupled with cuts by Boris Johnson to the Capital Road Safety Budget. Madness. Report on BBC Newsround

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Free Range Kids - A Sustrans Campaign

Sustrans has launched a new campaign Free Range Kids with the aim of encouraging Goverment and Local Authorities to work more closely together to make it safer for our children to get out of the house and out of the car and enjoy being free, as many of us were when we were children. Saving our Lollipop People is part of this process of giving children more freedom to feel save as they move about in the community. Sustrans are proposing an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to raise awareness of this matter and needs as many MPs as possible to sign up to support it. By following the link you can find a letter to send to your local MP asking for their support.