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School crossing patrols

 Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environmental services, said:

“Historically, the council has provided a free school crossing patrol service to schools in the borough, but unfortunately, this service like many other non-statutory services is being reviewed due to ongoing funding cuts by central government.  

“Dudley is not the first authority to impose charging schools for their school crossing patrol service and whilst we will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition, the unprecedented financial challenges we are experiencing means that front line services will continue to be affected.   

“The safety of children is of paramount importance to the council and we will work closely with schools and governors over the coming months.”