Earlier this year, Lewisham Council said its Attendance and Welfare Service (AWS) has a pivotal role in schools, but now the council is considering proposals to cut its funding in half and to make schools pay for AWS services.
Unite is calling on everyone who cares about child welfare to campaign against cuts to Lewisham AWS.
The service carries out the borough’s legal obligation to make sure children go to school and also offers help and support to encourage school attendance. If schools are forced to pay, it will:
• hit school budgets
• damage the life chances of young children
• cost schools in disadvantaged areas more as they use the services most, increasing inequality
Lewisham is preparing to cut jobs and services by £85 million over the next four years. The cuts could lead to 11 staff redundancies in AWS, which is largely staffed by Unite members.
AWS has played a big part in achieving excellent attendance levels in Lewisham primary schools. Staff also offer advice on school admissions, special educational needs, absences from school and exclusions.
What you can do
Join our Lobby of the Mayor and Council Cabinet on 18 December, 17:00 – 18:00
at the Civic Suite, Catford Road, London SE6 4RU (opposite Laurence House)
Write to your local councillor to object
Find your councillors' details here
Send messages of support to onay.kasab@unitetheunion