I have now had it confirmed to me by another councillor that the proposal to impose huge cuts to the Additional Support Needs service was always a ploy by Cllr Walsh’s administration. They would propose this, then withdraw it before Christmas to make them look like the good guys. This would also take eyes off the rest of the cuts going through, eg the £3m+ from early years. See my earlier post for more on this here.
Meanwhile, some good news from the constituency association meeting of the SNP on Sunday. The following press release was issued so perhaps we’re now in a stronger position to put up some serious opposition to the cuts. The Reform Group is and always has been willing to work with the SNP Group so we need to discuss how that opposition can work and agree on alternatives. The alternatives need to be radical in my view but they also need mutual agreement with the SNP.