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More than 2,000 lollipop men and women cut, says union
EB News: 12/02/2020 - 11:19
The number of lollipop men and women has been cut by more than 2,000 in the past decade, according to a Freedom of Information request from the GMB union.
Local authorities were asked how many school-crossing patrol officers they employed in the last financial year compared with 2009-10.
In 2009-10, there were 7,128 employed by councils across England, Scotland and Wales. By 2017-18, that had dropped to 5,047, said the union.
The GMB's national officer, Rehana Azam, said: “Ten years of brutal Tory austerity have left scars right across our society, and now it's got to the point where our kids aren't even safe walking home from school. Watch more
“No parent wants to get the call that their child has been involved in an accident, but that's the risk councils are taking because they are so cash-strapped.
“Austerity is a choice, but councils have been left with no choice but to make savings.
“Our public services need proper funding so they can rebuild from the ruins left by a decade of savage cuts.”