BREAKING NEWS: After school clubs for disabled children are saved

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After-school and holiday clubs for severely disabled children will not be axed, Lincolnshire County Council has announced.

As reported by The Standard two weeks ago, the council was considering whether or not to cut funding for its ‘short break activities’ which help children with a variety of special needs.

Parents had described the service as a ‘lifeline’ for their children.

Following a consultation, the council has now decided to protect the services.

A spokesman said: “Feedback clearly showed that these activities were highly-valued and an important source of support for parents.”

Now the council want parents, carers and children who use the services to come forward and help shape the new contract once the present contract finishes at the end of September.

The spokesman continued: “It’s been recognised that other supporting provision is also required to sit alongside the holiday clubs, youth group and community group activities. There are also plans to implement a grant development programme for providers, to assist them in providing services which are inclusive for children with disabilities. It’s expected that parents and carers will also have an input into this to create a sustainable market place, offering a range of support going forward.”

The council will work with schools around the county to ensure after-school activities are developed and maintained where they are most needed.

The current contract for these activities was extended for six months by the county council to review what should be provided, consult with those who use the services and to plan ahead for effective support in the future.