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Ward councillors show residents the money

James Giles




Ward Councillors have £2,000 a piece to get behind grass-roots community spirited projects, activities and local initiatives.

Kingston residents are being reminded that their local Councillor can award flexible, small and timely funds for local initiatives within their Ward. The clock is ticking for your Councillor to allocate this one-off cash injection into your local neighbourhood as your Councillor must invest the money by the end of the financial year in March 2017.

The idea behind the fund is to promote a real sense of community and good neighbourliness across the borough and to support residents to help themselves, and each other, by improving their streets, open spaces and promote local community activities. The funding comes from the new Ward Councillors scheme. Your Ward Councillor will decide which community-spirited project, activity or initiative has the widest benefit to local residents and is worthy of receiving support and funding.

This will be your chance to iron out any local problems you may feel exists within your neck of the woods – with the Council’s backing to solve and achieve some solutions. Ward Councillors can allocate their fund as an individual Councillor or join with other Councillors in the same ward to support a particular scheme or project.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Growth and Identity, said:

“This fund is about empowering our residents and giving them the chance to make their communities an even better place to live. There is such a strong sense of community here in Kingston. This is why I have absolutely no doubt that this fund will be invested in projects and initiatives that matter most to our residents – because the money will be spent by you.”

For more information and to apply for a grant visit:

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

James Giles




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.


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.


283 signatures

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