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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