Cash to be spent on children’s equipment

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THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent on specialist equipment for children with disabilities.

Just under £1m of funding has been allocated by Hampshire County Council to improve accessibility to services as well as help them in their homes and respite care.

A total of £500,000 will pay for specialist equipment needed to aid the youngsters, either in their own homes, or in their family-based short breaks placements.

The remaining £325,000 will be spent on enhancements to help children and young people with disabilities access a range of leisure and recreational opportunities around the county.

Councillor Keith Mans, executive member for children’s services at the council, said: ‘The county council wants all children to be able to participate as fully as possible in recreational and leisure activities.

‘This is why we have listened to parents and carers views on how accessibility to some of these services can be improved for children with disabilities.’