‘WE PRO­VIDED WHAT PAR­ENTS AND CHIL­DREN WANTED’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

In a state­ment, Kids said they felt they had been pro­vid­ing the ser­vices that dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies needed. It said Kevin Wil­liams, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kids, had met with se­nior of­fi­cers from KCC in Jan­uary to dis­cuss fu­ture fund­ing for the ser­vice but the com­pany did not re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tion the con­tract would be with­drawn un­til March 6. It said Kids was then asked to pro­vide an Easter playscheme. “Given that Kids would be go­ing through a re­dun­dancy con­sul­ta­tion process at the very time that we would also be try­ing to put to­gether a qual­ity Easter playscheme, Kids felt that this would not be pos­si­ble,” read the state­ment. Kevin Wil­liams, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We re­gret hav­ing to stop de­liv­er­ing th­ese ser­vices just when we felt we had achieved what the par­ents were look­ing for. “How­ever Kids does wish the new providers ev­ery suc­cess and is com­mit­ted to do­ing all we can to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion.”

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