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MORE than 1,250 people have had their say in a consultation on council cuts to short breaks for disabled children.

Hampshire County Council is holding the consultation as it looks to cut £1.85m from the £3.2m it sets aside to help provide short break activities for children with disabilities.

The council needs to save a further £26m by 2015.

The existing short breaks programme funds leisure and activity services and includes grants to 200 organisations.

Keith Mans, executive lead member for children’s services, said: ‘We want to hear from as many people as possible and particularly those who may be affected by any changes.

‘Their responses will shape future short breaks services.

‘We understand the importance of short breaks to children, young people, their families and carers. However, we cannot sustain the current level of funding and at the same time meet our obligation to provide statutory services such as safeguarding – where we are seeing significant growth in the number of children coming into care.’

To take part in the consultation go to www3.hants.gov.uk/disabled-children-consultation or call 01962 846370.

The consultation closes on December 12.