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Harrow Borough Council special needs transport decision a ‘win-win situation’ says union
A union says the changes to special education needs transport is a "win-win situation".
Harrow Unison made the comments after Harrow Borough Council’s cabinet agreed changes to the service which will mean the most vulnerable children will continue to receive support.
The original decision was made in April this year, but was called in by the union over lack of consultation with major stakeholders.
Last night’s decision came after an extended consultation and means the council will continue to transport young people to the borough’s four specialist schools.
However services to out-of-borough and mainstream schools will be outsourced.
A spokesman for Harrow Unison said: “Cabinet has made a good decision, accepting a Unison proposal which has averted 100 per cent outsource, saving the council hundreds of thousands in projected costs.
“Unison’s alternative is mutually advantageous for all parties. It allays the fear vulnerable service users about moving to unknown providers and it reduces the financial risk to the council to the council.
“Following the successful call-in of the original decision, in April, the consultation period allowed unison the opportunity to actively engage and deliver a proposal which we believe is a win-win situation for all.”
The agreed changes will save the council £540,000 while continuing to provide travel assistance to those under 21 with educational, physical or health related needs.
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