Lollipop ladies fail to escape effects of spending cuts

Tom Webster

The cuts to council budgets are taking effect and appear to be hitting that stalwart of the school run harder than any – many councils are severely reducing their quota of lollipop men and ladies, or even scrapping them altogether.

A report published today by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and the RAC Foundation says that councils are "Abolishing or reducing the number of lollipop men and women," as well as switching off speed cameras and reducing road safety education programmes including those aimed at pedestrians and cyclists.