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Good evening, I'm Jo Kent. for the news where you are.
Seven special schools in Southampton are facing a funding cut
The parents of the children who go to them and the teachers who work
They're worried the children who have complex needs will suffer
because vital staff and services could be lost.
Pop your head back a minute. Good boy, thank you.
Abi Simper gets her son George ready for school,
confident that when he's there he's safe and happy.
The seven-year-old from Southampton has a variety of complex
physical and medical needs and Rosewood Free School caters
Knowing that he's going somewhere where he enjoys and they can
accommodate his care levels is a lifeline for us really.
If there wasn't a place for him, I'm not sure what we'd do.
But Rosewood is one of seven special schools in the city facing
In April their funding is being slashed by ?2.9 million
forcing major changes in the classroom.
The likelihood is that we will go up to class sizes of eight.
That would be similar to asking a reception mainstream class to go
We would be pushed towards a situation where we would be
processing children rather than supporting, caring for
The Cabinet member for Education and Skills
at Southampton City Council told us no decision has yet been made.
"I asked the Secretary of State for Education to provide sufficient
funding for schools and have invited her to come
to Southampton to see the effects of the Government's cash freeze
But the Department for Education says it has already allocated
the council an extra ?1.1 million for special education.
The issue will be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday where staff
here hope to stop the city's most vulnerable children
A young girl who suffered life changing injuries in a car
accident which was caused by a Hampshire County Council
vehicle is to receive record compensation which could
The girl, who can't be identified, was sitting in a stationary car
near Winchester when the van drove into the back of it.
Earlier our reporter Edward Sault explained
Hampshire County Council admitted liability and they will pay
a lump sum of ?9 million, but with added costs over
the course of the years by the time this girl is 70,
In a statement from London's High Court,
the judge said today, "I have no doubt that the family
would sacrifice every penny to turn the clock back to before
the accident and I have no hesitation in agreeing
that this settlement is in her best interests."
So Ed, what has Hampshire County Council said?
Well, they weren't prepared to put anyone up for a television
interview, but tonight we got a statement from them.
They said, "The county council wishes to sincerely apologise
They've worked with the family's legal representatives and our
It has got legal commentators talking tonight who admit that this
A local authority like Hampshire employs a large number of staff.
Some of those drive vehicles, others operate machinery,
accidents happen and if it's the responsibility of the council
employee then the council usually has to pay.
In this case, it was settled and all the judge did
What it means is that people who live in Hampshire,
through their payment to the local authority, are supporting this
little girl, woman as she will be for the rest of her life.
Ed, do we know any more about the girl involved?
Jo, court orders mean we can't identify her,
but the court was told how she was under ten
They heard how she wanted to be a vet, but how those
The court heard as a result of the incident she will never be
speak, walk independently or use her arms again.
Conductors in the RMT union have announced another strike
It will be on 4th April, the day after drivers at the same
company decide whether to accept a deal to operate some
services without a second member of staff on board.
It will be the 31st day of strike action since
This week the drivers' union, Aslef, reached agreement
with Southern Railway over new working arrangements,
and balloting on that deal started today.
Several of the Royal Navy's lynx helicopters took to the skies today
The helicopters, which have been in service for more than 40 years,
are due to be retired at the end of the month.
Taking off from their base at Yeovilton, they flew over sites
After a quick stop at base, they travelled along
the South Coast, on to London and back across country.
Our reporter Laurence Herdman watched on from their
Airborne for one final time, a diamond formation matching
Everything meticulous just as it always has been.
The joy of this aircraft, it does a little bit of everything.
So load lifting, winching, it has got weaponry both anti-submarine
It's the eye in the sky. It's search and rescue.
From the waters of the South Atlantic to the sands
of the Persian Gulf, the lynx has flown its colours
It seemed everyone wanted to share the milestone.
We've got a wonderful helicopter they served our country
for 41 years, you have to say farewell to it.
It maybe goodbye to the lynx from Portland as it disappears over
the horizon, but exciting new adventures becon.
In football, Reading have moved up to fourth
in the Championship tonight, following a win at top-six rivals
Yann Kermorgant put the Royals ahead early in the first half,
with Adrian Popa doubling their score with a last minute goal
Several match winning saves from Ali Al Habsi meant the Royals
took away a clean sheet as well as three points in the race
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
Well, sunshine in short supply over the next few days. And after a
cloudy day today, things stay cloudy through tonight and the winds will
pick up too. So the cloud building over the coming hours and under the
cloudy skies temperatures not at all chilly. We are look at lows of eight
or nine Celsius. Just the chance perhaps of the odd spit or spot of
rain, but most places staying dry. Tomorrow, dawns breezy and cloudy
and that cloud is going to stick around all day. Again, the chance of
the odd spit or spot of rain, but most places staying dry and under
the cloudy skies, highs reach 13 Celsius. But you will notice that
very brisk westerly wind. Looking ahead to the next few days. Tomorrow
is dry, cloudy and mild. Sunday continues cloudy and mild, but we
could see some rain later on in the day and for Monday, it's a cool,
cloudy prospect with showers. Those winds still strong.
it is rather breezy. Now for the national outlook.
It was quite a wet day across many northern and western parts of the
UK. This was the view in Lancashire not so long ago. For the weekend we
are looking to see further rain, all coming from the west, so the further
east you are, it should be drier. It will be quite a windy weekend for
all parts. The radar from earlier today showing quite a bit of rain
across the North and west. The only rain across the East has been light
and patchy, but heavy bursts further west. The satellite sequence shows
cloud over the UK at the moment. Plenty more cloud over the Atlantic,
and it's heading our way, most of it rain bearing. Tomorrow night, still
wet for most areas. Snow over the hills of Scotland, not much rain in
the east, but still some. With the crowd and breeze, temperatures kept