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Council to scrap picking up children with special needs from their homes during school run

PUBLISHED: 09:43 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 08 July 2016

Exterior Bexley Council offices

Exterior Bexley Council offices

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The service reportedly costs more than £2million a year

Bexley council is planning to introduce ‘pick up points’ for children and young people with special educational needs, rather than pick them up from their homes during the school run.

Those using the service would be picked up and dropped off at the pick up points before and after school.

Parents and carers will be consulted on the plans, which the council has announced in a bid to save money.

The project will be trialled in the autumn, with plans to expand across the borough later in the year.

Rob Leitch is Bexley council’s cabinet member for education.

He said: “The cost of delivering this service has risen to £2.4million a year, and with ever-increasing pressure on council budgets, we must think creatively about the ways in which we deliver our services.

“We have seen pick-up points work well in other boroughs, with parents and carers praising the sense of independence the pick-points can bring to the children who use this service. But of course, we want to consult parents and carers about they operate in Bexley so that they work as well as possible in our borough.”

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