To give you some background to the facts, in Northamptonshire the parents are furiously fundraising to keep their school crossing patrols. They have been successful in getting sponsorship from local companies as well as the more traditional fund raising activities. As we well know seeking money for good causes is hard work and time consuming and I doubt whether there will be the same enthusiasm to find money for the following year and the one thereafter.
The onus will now be on the schools who have found funding this time around to go on doing so next year.
In Southwark I believe 11 schools have found funding and 30 others have not and will no longer have crossing patrols from September.
It is not fair that schools should be called upon to use their education budget to fund road safety. Despite what politicians say about the education budget not being cut, there is a greater pressure on schools to make the budget go further as we have lost many of the grants towards special needs etc that are depended upon to adequately provide for pupils.
Recent protests have taken place in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Brent and Dulwich.
Without any doubt where these professional adults have been hurt a child would have been killed.
During the same period one child has been killed outside a school without a lollipop person and two others injured.
A headline in the Evening Standard in May read More children hurt crossing roads after Mayor slashes budget - A total of 150 more youngsters were injured on the capital's roads last year - a 14 per cent jump.
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