Don't axe school transport for disabled children in Sefton
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The purpose of this petition is to ask Sefton Council to continue providing post-16 school and college transport for disabled children and young people. The petition is open to all residents of the borough of Sefton.
Sefton Council is proposing to axe post-16 school and college transport for disabled children and young people, including those with severe learning difficulties and wheelchair users. The Council is presenting this as "an opportunity for young people to develop independence skills", and is offering a programme comprising a 'Travel Training' scheme and a security/tracking device with the aim of enabling children and young people to travel to and from school or college independently.
However, the most severely disabled children and young people in the borough, wheelchair users, children with profound and complex difficulties, do not have the necessary skills to access this support, nor will they be able to travel to school or college independently. Under the new proposals, parents of these children will be forced to take responsibility for their transport to and from school or college.
Sadly, it appears that the most severely disabled children and young people in the community will be the most adversely affected by the proposed changes, and their already hard-pressed families will be put under even greater pressure. We feel it is patently unjust to target cost-saving measures at the most vulnerable in society, and that it is tantamount to discrimination to penalise families because their children’s disabilities prevent them from accessing the support offered by the Council.
Please sign our petition to ask Sefton Council to continue providing post-16 school transport for disabled children and young people.
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