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EVENT: BIG charity comedy show at the Rose in aid of Momentum

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The BIG charity comedy show at the Rose Theatre on Tuesday 18th October is a chance to have a fun-filled evening whilst raising much-needed funds for local children’s cancer charity Momentum.

Momentum, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, supports families of children with cancer and life-limiting conditions across SW London and Surrey, including families in Kingston and surrounding areas.

Momentum events fundraiser Kate Brookes said: “The comedy show will be a huge amount of fun. We have so many well-known comedians taking part, and it’s all in a good cause. The evening’s proceeds will go towards Momentum to help the charity continue to support sick children and their families locally.”

The charity, which was founded in 2004, offers practical and emotional support through its Family Support Programme; providing holidays to its two New Forest Holiday Homes, respite breaks on its new canal boat, and other additional trips and treats to help during the stress of treatment. In addition to this Momentum also works with local hospitals refurbishing children’s wards to Enhance the Healing Environment, including Kingston Hospital where it has carried out extensive refurbishments to the Paediatric Unit.

Momentum receives no government funding so relies entirely on the support of the public and funds raised through its charity work. It is a registered, independent charity established in 2004 (Registered charity no 1106677). www.moment-um.org

For tickets go to http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/ or call the Box Office on 020 8174 0090.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Stop cuts to schools and special needs children

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The Council last night (7th February) passed the ‘SEND Transformation Plan’, despite local residents making clear that they had not been properly consulted.

The plans, which include raiding a potential £5 million from the budgets of mainstream schools, were put out to consultation over the Christmas Holidays, which resulted in a response rate of less than 2% of those with special needs children.

SEND Family Voices, a group who until recently worked with the Council on special needs matters, have described the plans as ‘fantasy’, saying: “The risk of legal challenge is now high; the risk of Tribunal rates going through the roof is also now extremely high. The Plan is unachievable & the savings suggested are completely fabricated.”

If 100 residents sign the ‘call in’ below, the decision is sent to Scrutiny Panel for an investigation.

Please sign to ensure that our schools and special needs children get the education they deserve. We demand better for SEND children.

CALL IN: SEND TRANSFORMATION

We, the undersigned, call in all recommendations from the 'SEND Transformation Plan' from the Childrens and Adults Care and Education Committee for review at Scrutiny Panel for the following reasons:

- Councillors were misled by officers who presented the item, who claimed the consultation was sent to all SEND parents, school governors, publicised on the website and via social media, which is gross distortion of the facts.
- The consultation was not published on Kingston Council's consultation portal until 3rd January, leaving less than three weeks for the public to reply through this forum.
- The 'easy read' consultation was not published until after most schools had broken up.
- The consultation did not meet government guidelines on good consultation.
- Out of Borough schools which have Kingston SEND pupils attending were not consulted on the proposals
- SEND partners and parents were not consulted before the plan was published
- The consultation only had 96 responses. There are 4,000+ CYP with SEND in Kingston - at best, the response rate was 2% and in reality, lower, which suggests there was a major flaw with the way in which consultation was carried out, leaving the Council open to legal challenge.
- The committee wilfully held the authority's constitution in contempt by agreeing to the sending the Written Statement of Action to Ofsted a mere two working days after the committee, despite the constitution being incredibly clear that a decision cannot be fully implemented until expiration of a call-in period.
- The risk of legal challenge is now high; the risk of Tribunal rates going through the roof is also now extremely high.
- The Plan is unachievable & the savings suggested are completely fabricated.

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