GMB WELCOME BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL JOBS GUARANTEE FOR 180 LOLLIPOP WARDENS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ROAD TRAFFIC RISKS
The Council should look to make the funding permanent so people are not facing cuts again a year from now says GMB.
GMB, the union for school support staff, welcomed the guarantee by Birmingham City Council that there will be no school crossing patrol job losses next year after launching the School Crossing Safety Trust. See GMB press release dated 2 February re threat to 180 jobs.
And council leader, Cllr John Clancy, is continuing talks with businesses and other potential partners to fund the service in future years.
Cuts to the service were among budget proposals published in December but Cllr Clancy stressed his preferred option was to launch a trust to fund crossing patrols in future years.
The city council leader said: “We made it clear during a very tough budget process that we were looking for a way of funding school crossing patrols and enhancing school crossing safety.
“We were in a situation where we probably had to consider losing some school crossing patrols in terms of funding unless we decided to come up with another way of doing things.
“So we’ve made some recalculations after a very late settlement from Government and we’ve decided that there will be no redundancies this year in this service.
“But we can’t keep going through this every year so we’re going to continue to develop the Trust model. We need to reduce the costs to the Council and to that end I’ve already had encouraging talks with potential partners and will continue to work on this important area.”
Gill Whittaker, GMB Organiser said “We welcome the stance that has been announced by the Council. However we need to have assurances that they are not in this situation a year from now. The Council should look to make the funding permanent, so people don’t have to go through this again.
The Council could have delayed the announcement to the staff but instead chose to put people through unnecessary stress and pressure.
GMB’s campaign has been successful 2 consecutive years and hope that we do not have to revisit it again next year.
GMB will keep a close eye on The School Crossing Trust and the leader of the Council.”
Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Erdington, said “Parents, teachers and all those concerned about the safety and wellbeing of our community’s children will celebrate the news that school crossing patrols are to be maintained. I praise the Labour run Birmingham City Council for putting the safety of children first.
The council should not be forced to pick and choose which crucial programme to maintain but that is what the Conservative Government is forcing them to do. I believe the Council has made the right decision by putting the safety of our children first.”