Save after school respite services for disabled children in Barnet

Barnet Council is making swingeing cuts to vital out of school services including after school clubs and holiday services for children with disabilities. These cuts affect some of the most vulnerable members of our community - many of the children affected have severe mental and physical disabilities. The services currently provide much needed respite for carers and parents so that they can work, care for and support their children.


Mapledown School for Disabled Children is one of the many organisations affected by the cuts. The cuts to Mapledown School alone amount to 27% of the school’s short breaks budget.


A cut of £45,000 to Mapledown – a tiny fraction of the Council’s budget - will have a devastating effect on the students and their families who will have to find alternative provision in private sector at a cost of £105 per day. If families cannot afford this, they will have to go without.  It has been shown that this money and funding for other services which have been affected could be found in the Council’s budget.


We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders in Barnet Council and the Education and Skills Director to reconsider the cuts made to Short Breaks for Disabled Childrens Services, and in particular, to the Mapledown After School programme:

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signed via 2017-11-21 00:34:32 +0000
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Suzanne Keane
signed 2017-05-17 22:06:22 +0100
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signed 2017-03-27 09:03:02 +0100
Disgraceful that the borough’s most vulnerable families are suffering while the council justifies a council tax reduction!
signed 2016-10-21 14:58:17 +0100
It is 100% crucial to these children that you reconsider your decision to cut funding for this particular school. It’s not fair on parents, it’s not fair on kids and it’s not fair on teachers. The only people who win are the government and they seriously need to reasses where cuts are made, they cant be made in areas where vulnerable people end up suffering it’s just not on!


Alisa Coffee
signed 2016-07-28 11:16:25 +0100
Please reconsider your decision to cut funding for this school which is a necessary and appreciated contribution for the parents who have unfortunately no choice but to send their children to a school that caters for their particular needs……………….


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Eleanor HUGHES
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Children with disabilities really need these after school activities! It is beneficial for both them and their families
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This dreadful and misguided decision must be reversed urgently
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