Lollipop patrol services and government cutbacks
Last Sunday the Observer reported that councils across England, Wales and Scotland are preparing to bring their axe down on lollipop patrol services.
I spoke to a resident local to me who is employed as a lollipop patrol person for Yew Tree Primary School in Walsall. They said:
The rate of accidents involving children could increase, which is quite worrying. Sure, it might be a cash saving incentive but can you put a price on the safety of young children? It’s a dangerous move for the government and I think a lot of parents will be against the decision, if it eventually comes to the Midlands. I have done this job for many years and I have seen children saved by my work who would have potentially been injured… many children don’t have good roadsense at an early age, and some even have to make their own way home amongst the traffic. And also, I could lose my job…
The big question is whether any councils in the West Midlands will follow suit and make lollipop patrol services redundant. If they can replace such services with other frontline alternatives, then this will be welcomed more than a total scrapping. In tough economic times we can only wait to hear the news during times when councils are being ordered to save millions of pounds over the coming years.
Posted on February 18, 2011, in Budget Cuts and tagged accidents, children, job, lollipop, midlands, observer, patrol, primary, redundant, resident, saving, school, services, walsall. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.