SERVICE NOT WELL USED
KENT County Council said a poor level of service and low numbers of children using Kids has led to the contract being terminated. Dr Tony Robinson, cabinet member for children and families, said: “At Kent County Council we recognise the importance to disabled children and their families of providing appropriate lively and interesting activities for them. “We recently decided to terminate this contract as Kids were not providing the high levels of service we feel parents have the right to expect.” Dr Robinson said play schemes held last summer had been half empty and no activities whatsoever had been provided for three weeks. He claimed Kids had refused to provide play schemes this Easter. Parents have been told alternative services, both weekend and holiday activities, will be provided in the near future, and a day of play schemes has been organised for the Easter break. When questioned on the short notice given to parents, KCC spokesman Emma Burns said there had been problems with the service for 18 months and some consultation had already taken place with parents. She said questionnaires were sent out to 250 families last December asking for feedback on Kids and what services parents would like to see for disabled youngsters. Only 17 per cent responded to the questionnaires and only seven people attended a meeting in Ashford to discuss the results.
Suzanne Prodrick and her son Michael, eight, are upset at the closure of the Saturday fun club at East Stour Primary School