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Mother campaigns against cuts in teachers for the deaf

Hibba Hussain and her daughter Amani (4)

A mother from Dewsbury will take her fight to try to stop cuts in teachers for the deaf to councillors in Kirklees today.

Hibba Hussain, who has two deaf children, will tell Kirklees Cabinet members a thirty per cent cut in such teachers will badly affect how deaf children perform in school.

But Kirklees Council say there's been a fall in demand for teachers for the deaf and children won't lose out.


Cuts would cause public "inconvenience"

Kirklees Council will decide today whether to close all its public toilets - and to axe its kerbside glass collection. The toilets would go in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Holmfirth and all the outlying districts.

And the council is looking at having a private company depositing large glass bins throughout the borough on Council land, free of charge.

Unison members are opposed to what they say is a cost-cutting exercise at the expense of the council's so-called "Green Agenda". They are planning to lobby councillors as they meet to discuss the cuts at Huddersfield Town Hall,

VIDEO: Breakfast clubs benefit from Huddersfield Town cash

Dozens of primary school children in Kirklees are now getting a free breakfast thanks to Huddersfield Town Football Club.

Breakfast clubs at six different schools are being given food by the Huddersfield Town Foundation which hopes giving the children a good start in the morning will make them do better in lessons. James Webster reports.


Huddersfield Town funds breakfast clubs across Kirklees

The new Huddersfield Town Foundation has started funding six breakfast clubs across Kirklees to ensure children are kicking off their day at school in the best way possible. £30,000 is being spent on food for the 'Early Kick Off' programme which also includes a pre-school sport session.

50 pupils at each of the schools chosen to take part will benefit from the healthy meals for whole of this academic year. Fruit, vegetables, protein-rich foods and dairy products are delivered free of charge for schools to prepare. If more money can be raised it is hoped more schools could benefit.

"Silent killer" awareness campaign

Dominic Rodgers Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Stacey Rodgers and the Kirklees Carbon Monoxide Awareness Group are launching a new carbon monoxide campaign. Stacey's young son Dominic died from CO poisoning when fumes seeped into his bedroom. An inquest into his death was told a faulty boiler in a neighbouring property was to blame.

Dominic would have turned 19 this year and so the campaign is aimed at young people. It features a CO awareness film which has been developed by the staff and students of the Creative and Media School in Huddersfield.

The students have written, produced, starred in and edited the film as part of their studies. Its aim is to capture the attention of other young people on the brink of independence, alert them to the dangers of carbon monoxide and tell them how they can help keep themselves safe.

Parents of deaf children fear cuts to support staff will put them at risk of failing school

Parents whose children are deaf or have impaired hearing fear that plans to cut the number of specialist teachers will put their education and future at risk.

Kirklees Council wants to reduce its teachers of the deaf by a third, which campaigners say will have a negative impact on the schooling of more than 200 youngsters.

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