Manchester City Council’s team of seven road safety officers has been disbanded in order to save £132,000 from the council’s highways budget, according to Manchester Evening News.
As part of the council’s two year £170m savings plan, RSOs will be replaced by a pool of teachers who will be trained to educate Manchester’s pupils about road safety.
According to Manchester Evening News, the council proposes to reduce the team to just one or two, but will launch a consultation with staff before making a final decision.
The remaining officer or officers will deliver initial training to teachers, who will then be directed to a website to access resources. The council will also send out additional training materials.
Coun Paul Andrews, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “The Government’s financial settlement had a significant impact on funding for road safety.
“The reduction in funding has forced us to find an alternative way of ensuring young people across Manchester continue to be educated about the importance of staying safe on the city’s roads, but the change will not mean a reduction in the quality or amount of road safety teaching.
“We are now developing a system to work closely with schools across the city, supporting them in training their own teachers to educate pupils about road safety, and we are continuing to provide a slightly reduced service while this is being finalised.”
Two of the seven RSOs were among 2,000 town hall staff who took voluntary redundancy or early retirement last year.
A council spokesman said remaining RSOs had been temporarily working on other duties within the highways department while the new structure was drawn up.
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