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Restrict fees for the Lady Allen Adventure Playground, Wandsworth, London.

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According to Claire Devane (Wandsworth Council Planning and Commissioning Officer (and Lady Allen Playground monitoring officer)  All children ( with 1:1 or 1:4 assistance) are paid by the core Grant provided by the London Borough of Wandsworth. The the core grant is (excluding 1:1 as they are funded by a separate grant) £123,687.00, this provided provision for 128 children, whom in total received 13,537 hours in attendance at Lady Allen (2016/17), It is also to provide for one minibus to transfer children to and from the playground. If all the children are allocated the same provision in terms of time (hypothetically, as Claire Devane was quite clear of the variance in time attended by children in attendance) would mean that based upon the hours attended and the funding received for the 128 children whom the core grant was intended to pay for. If you are then to add the proposed increase payable by the parents per child in attendance per session, and then add the mean of that figure, the sum payable per child it would be £10.26 per hour.

As many of the children in attendance their sole carers are their parents, this cost which may seem minuscule is the difference between them attending or not, to being among friends and more importantly a place that for many is a home away from home, should not be tainted by austerity. It's almost as if since 'KIDS' (the charity responsible for providing the service), knowing they are the only service provider in The London Borough of Wandsworth can do as they wish as we have no alternative.

The proposed increase and it's subsequent revision (presented on the 1st August 2017) are unconscionable, the most vulnerable members of society, disabled children are being effectively duped about the level of funding received on their behalf.

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