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Issue:- 12 September 2013


AT the start of the new school year, UNISON the UK's largest union, is warning that more children are missing school as a direct result of the Government's austerity measures. A survey of education welfare (truancy) officers (EWOs) reveals families struggling to pay bills, to afford school uniforms or dinner money and suffering from other poverty-related issues.  A shrinking pool of specialist staff to help children stay in school means that the numbers truanting will continue to rise. Estimates suggest there are only about 2,000 EWOs responsible for the 8.2m pupils in the UK aged between 5 to 16 years old to 1:4,100 pupils. Government spending cuts also mean that less funds are spent on early intervention and prevention, with many authorities withdrawing support and resorting to fines. This, says the union, is counter productive in cases where the family can't afford to pay and desperately need help and support to keep their kids in school. 50% of EWOs report that levels of truancy have increased over the past year. Top reasons are housing problems; family income suffering due to welfare and benefit changes; lack of money for school uniforms or dinner money, housing problems, family breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and bullying.  UNISON believes that this is storing up huge problems, not just for individual children, but for society as a whole. Helga Pile, UNISON National Officer for Education Welfare Officers, said:- "Our children are our most precious resource. They are our future and we are letting them down badly if we allow so many to slip out of the education system. These kids should be in school, not out roaming the streets where they can become the targets of drug-rings, paedophiles or getting involved in petty crime.  They come from the most vulnerable families and they need a helping hand, not punishment, so that they get a fair crack at life. The Government needs to accept its duty to care for all our children and that means ensuring resources are there when they are needed."

Survey results:-

  78% report that staff numbers have been cut;

  68% report that the amount of money spent on prevention has been cut;

  The use of penalty fines have gone up for 63% of respondents and prosecutions had increased for 42%.

Major causes of truancy levels include:-

  Family breakdown (55%) with (42%) saying this has some impact;

  Drug and alcohol problems (57%) with (40%) citing some impact;

  Unauthorised holidays (48%) and (43%) has some impact;

Causes having some impact on truancy include:-

  Bullying (62%) with an additional (26%) saying this is a major factor;

  (60%) family incomes suffering because of cuts to welfare and benefits changes, with a further (28%) saying this is a major cause;

  housing problems (66%) - (27%) cited this as a major factor;

  lack of money for school uniforms or dinner money (58%) with (31%) rating this a major factor;

  Staying at home to care for parents or relatives (62%);

  Special educational needs not being met (58%) with (29%) saying this has some impact.

Overnight maintenance for M53 around Ellesmere Port

OVERNIGHT work to deliver maintenance and repairs along the M53 near Ellesmere Port will be starting next month. The Highways Agency will start to deliver the £275,000 project on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 and it should be completed by Friday, 8 November 2013. The work, which includes resurfacing and drainage repairs, will focus along on the main Southbound carriageway and slip roads between Junction 5 at Eastham and Junction 9 at Ellesmere Port. Work will be done overnight between 10pm and 5am and total closures for the work include the Southbound carriageway between Junctions 6 at Hooton and 7 at Overpool as well as the Southbound entry slip roads at Junctions 6 and 9 and the Junction 7 Southbound exit slip road. During the project all slip roads at Junction 5 will close as will approaches onto the junction roundabout along the A41. Good, clearly-signed diversions will be in place with low delays for drivers. Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj said:- "This is routine repairs and maintenance that will give drivers smoother and safer journeys along this stretch of the M53. We have timed the work to ensure it takes place overnight at the quietest time of the week, but anyone travelling overnight should leave a little bit of extra time to take the clearly-signed diversions during carriageway and junction closures."

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