Katie Price: read statement on taxpayer funded travel costs for Harvey

Published Wednesday, Jan 28 2015, 11:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Celebrity Big Brother star Katie Price's reps have issued a statement in response to the controversy sparked by Katie's revelation that taxpayers pay for her disabled son Harvey's transport and nurse.

The mum-of-five made headlines this week when she revealed in Celebrity Big Brother that Harvey, 12, gets a driver and a nurse to accompany him to and from his special school, estimating it would cost her £1,000 a day to do the same thing.

Katie Price and Katie Hopkins have a conversation about Harvey's school travel costs - 26 Jan 2015

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That caused housemate Katie Hopkins to ask why Katie Price didn't pay for the travel costs herself given her wealth.

A statement posted to Katie's website aims to clarify the situation and help other parents in the same situation.

The statement reads:

"Harvey's school placement was assessed and agreed by the Local authority. When this was done transport costs were included in the calculation.

"This was done because Harvey has a Statement of Special Educational Needs because of his disabilities. Within this Statement it includes the name of the school Harvey must attend.

"Where any child that is placed in school out of the immediate home area it is the Local Authorities DUTY to provide transport that meets the child's needs. This is common practice for all disabled children as there are not enough suitable schools available to them."

Katie Price,Junior Savva Andreas Andre, Princess Tiaamii, Harvey Price, 2014

© WENN / Daniel Deme

The statement continued: "The cost of the school placement together with transport is not means tested as it is provided for the child. Local Authorities do not have special needs schools locally as these have been closed during the last 15 years as it was deemed a cheeper option to transport children out of borough.

"If Harvey's school was on his doorstep as with schools for healthy children then this would not apply but it was the Government's choice to close the special needs schools.

"The education law states that the local authority must provide transport to and from the school that is named in the statement. This must be appropriate to the child's needs and include the provision of an escort (in Harvey's case a nurse) who is trained to cope with the child's medical needs.

"The escort (nurse) is because Harvey's condition is life threatening and has to have someone capable of giving emergency injections to save his life.

"Kate's calculation of £1000 per day is based on hiring her private driver and a private nurse, to drive to and from her home to Harvey's school twice a day (which is 1.5 hrs drive each way). This is not the sum that local authority pays."

Harvey's dad is footballer Dwight Yorke. Katie is also mum to sons Junior and Jett and daughters Princess and Bunny from other relationships.

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