A protest took place outside Leeds Town Hall against cuts to disabled young people’s transport. Instead, a ‘travel allowance’ is proposed. The fear is that the cuts mean Leeds’ largely inaccessible systems will not be able to accommodate disabled young people, in the way Leeds council ran transport does.
Several of us from Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation attended the protest. DEAL (Disability Empowerment Action Links) who formed in response to the SEND crisis, made up the majority.
As a person with a learning difficulty, and a person in education, I personally was horrified at the idea that these young people were denied an education on the basis that they had no acceptable means of getting there come September. We hope that Leeds Council will reconsider it’s decision.
~ By LDPO Secretary Rebecca Porter (Becca)