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HANDICAPPED BOY'S FOREIGN HOLIDAY COST EFFECTIVE SAYS COUNCIL

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Newcastle social services assistant director Mike Godridge has defended sending a handicapped youth on a£12,000 fo...
Newcastle social services assistant director Mike Godridge has defended sending a handicapped youth on a £12,000 foreign holiday despite protests by the boy's mother, reports the Daily Mirror (p15).

Rikki Harle, who has a brain disorder that affects his behaviour, spent six weeks in Turkey and two weeks on the Greek island of Corfu with social workers. His mother, Sandie Jones, said: 'The money should have been invested in Rikki's future.'

Mr Godridge claimed that Rikki was sent on the trip last August because there was no respite home available at the time. He said it was cheaper to take him abroad. Setting up a care team for him in Newcastle would have cost between £15,000 and £16,000 for the same eight-week period.
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