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Bonkers Blog October 2019

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14 October (Part 1) - The incompetence gets worse

It looked bad when Labour Leader Daniel Francis revealed some of the problems caused by Bexley’s money pinching approach to SEN transport. His criticisms were confirmed by the Local Government Ombudsman but in reality it was even worse than first thought.

It wasn't just £250 compensation to a couple of families, it added up to more than £13,000 and if Cabinet Member for Education John Fuller was not told what was going on as seems likely some management heads definitely need to be rolled.

The Conservatives’ only response was to obfuscate on Twitter. The Chief Executive Jackie Belton took two and a half months to respond to Councillor Francisְ’ initial enquiry.

The initial estimates were that only 47 people would be affected and squeezing them would save £18,000; so including administrative costs that will all be well and truly down the compensation drain, not to mention the reputational cost.

The Labour Group has issued a Press Release.

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