Mum's Fury As Council Provides School Taxi For One Son - But Not The Other

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Mum's fury as council provides school taxi for one son - but not the other

An outraged mum has revealed how she is forced to walk ONE of her sons to school while the other travels by taxi – to the same destination.

Kerrie Loomes's sons Jack, 12, and Owen, eight, both have learning difficulties.

They attend Birkett House School, in Wigston, Leicestershire, and Jack is provided with a taxi by Leicestershire County Council. But while he is driven to school, Kerrie has to walk Owen, on the basis his needs are 'less profound'.

​Mrs Loomes told the Leicester Mercury that it was a 'ridiculous situation'.

She said: "I don't have a car to use every day so I have to walk Owen to school. The journey can be traumatic. I've been told he's not allowed to get into the taxi with Jack and his escort, so I have no choice but to go on foot."

The perplexed mum added that there was enough room in the taxi, and that it would not cost any more money for Owen to be taken to school with his brother.

"There's no logic to providing a taxi for Jack and not allowing Owen to use it," she said.

Mrs Loomes has now launched an appeal against the council's decision. She said she was 'really angry' about all the stress she was suffering getting Owen to his classes and that she had even offered to pay for a place for him on a school bus.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Council confirmed the mum was 'following the council's appeal process in seeking transport for her children' but that they could not comment on it until it had been concluded.

They did say, however, that they do not offer 'fare-paying spaces on special educational needs transport due to the nature and cost of the service as we may need to use any spare capacity at any time during the school year'.

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