Douglas Academy trip cash finally paid out

PARENTS who have been out of pocket since before Christmas while waiting for the council to cough up a refund for a cancelled school trip got their money back this week.

Pupils at Douglas Academy in Milngavie had been due to travel to France and Belgium at the beginning of December - at a cost of £280 per child.

However, the visit was cancelled due to heavy snow and another pre-Christmas attempt to stage it had to be called off because of dangerous travelling conditions.

In total, 41 children were booked on the trip which would have included a visit to the Christmas markets in Lille and Bruges, and all the parents had paid the full amount - a sum of £10,086.

The insurers have given the school a full refund apart from the excess of £675 which was paid from the schools’ contingency fund.

Cheque

East Dunbartonshire Council received the cheque last week and parents were handed a full refund.

One of the parents, Jim Gibbons, who is also an SNP Councillor, said: “I am really pleased that action has now been taken to sort out this delay in the money being refunded.

“It turned out that it was really just confusion by the two insurers involved and this should have been sorted out quicker than almost six months. As I previously said the school and staff do a great job with these trips.”