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Community proposals for patrols – Have your say

Proposals to encourage more communities to support and fund their local school crossing patrol are now open for people to have their say.

A £35m budget shortfall next year means Staffordshire County Council is proposing to no longer fund patrols from September 2019.

Under the proposals, the council would still employ, train and manage the patrols, as well as providing the uniform. The authority already has a small number of community funded patrols and wants to support more communities interested in funding a role.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We have seen the cost of care soar by more than £100m in the last 10 years and we must now tackle a £35m shortfall in our budget.

“This means we have no choice but to consider which non-statutory services we can continue to fund and very reluctantly this includes the school crossing patrol service. The patrols are all wonderful and I do hope that communities will step forward to keep as many of them as possible in the county.”

People can find out more about the proposals and have their say until December 31. There is also a fundraising pack online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/patrols. The final budget proposals will be presented to Full Council in February 2019.

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