Anger over Midlothian playscheme ‘means testing’ move

There are fears disabled children could lose out through the introduction of “means testing” for a popular playscheme.

Summer and Easter holiday playschemes for youngsters aged four to 18 with disabilities have been funded by Midlothian Council for a number of years.

Historically, access to the playschemes has been on a first come, first served basis.

Transport to and from the playscheme had been funded by the council, leading to “significant” overspends – in 2009/10, the budget was £14,311, but the total cost was £22,091.

At meeting of full council, it was agreed to charge some families up to £20 per week towards transport.

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