Cllr Aftab Nawaz has congratulated campaigners in Walsall.
Cllr Aftab Nawaz has congratulated campaigners in Walsall.

Walsall Labour has congratulated campaigners after planned cuts to transport for disabled students were scrapped following a Tory U-Turn.

Tory-run Walsall Council planned to cut the vital service depended upon by students in the face of furious opposition.

The cuts would have resulted in some students needing extra out-of-hours care and some parents needing to drive three hours to drop off their children.

Commenting on the decision, Walsall Labour’s Childrens’ Services and Education spokesperson Cllr Aftab Nawaz said:

“This U-turn by the Tories on cuts to transport for disabled students is welcome and long overdue.

“This proposal was the real price that Walsall is paying for this Tory Government’s obsession with cruel austerity.

“As Local Government funding is being cut to unsustainable levels, choices matter and define the kind of borough we want.

“The fact this proposal was put forward at all is testament to the uncaring society that the Tories want to create in our borough.

“All children in Walsall deserve to continue their education, if they wish to, and the proposal to target this service for our most vulnerable was shocking.

“Parents, children and schools together campaigned against this cut, and I am happy that the Labour Group, its Councillors and the Walsall North Labour PPC fully supported the campaign.

“It’s due to their hard work that this campaign was fought and won.”

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