Spending cuts: Teachers may go on lollipop duty

Teachers and volunteers could be called on to provide school crossing patrols in Calderdale.

The move would save Calderdale Council 250,000 a year.

The idea is just one area being looked at as town hall chiefs look to make savings of 65million over the next three years.

Until now, Calderdale Council has picked up most of the cost of paying lollipopmen and women.

If the budget proposal is approved, schools will have to pay for staff and volunteers, possibly from September.

Under the cost-cutting proposals, the amount spent on children and young people in Calderdale could be slashed by about 10 million over the next three years.

Everything from mental health services to special needs are facing the axe, unless schools decide to pick up the tab.

Twenty-nine jobs could go as Campus Calderdale and the school improvement service is redesinged, saving 1.5 million a year, and dozens more jobs could follow as the targetted mental health service, the special educational needs service, the education welfare service and psychology services are reorganised.

Qualified teachers could be withdrawn from children's centres and the council plans to no longer run projects outside school hours.

A reduction of 35 per cent in the department's training budget is planned to save 360,000 a year and the number of buildings it uses reduced to save up to 540,000.

Home to school transport routes will be reorganised saving 100,000.

On the up side, councillors plan to permanently increase the budget for children in care by 400,000, to help meet increased demand, to put another 411,000 a year into intensive family support to try to prevent children going into care, and spend 165,000 a year more on safeguarding services.

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