Parents will receive refunds for school trips cancelled because of Covid after the council agreed to allocate cash for them.

East Ayrshire Council will give schools £12,510 to reimburse families.

A £10,000 Kilmarnock Academy trip to Belgium and France in June has been called off. Pupils at Annanhill Primary have also had a £1,710 visit to Dalguise Activity Centre in Perthshire cancelled.

Plans for a September Stewarton Academy trip to the European Space Centre in Belgium are currently up in the air as no decision has been made on it yet.

A total of £800 deposits have been taken for that getaway.

The council is waiting for insurers to pay up — but does not want families to be out of pocket in the interim.

Councillors signed off the cash allocation at a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

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A council paper said: “It is appreciated that our insurers are dealing with claims from education authorities across the UK whilst operating under remote working arrangements but many parents are understandably frustrated at being out of pocket for trips that will not take place.”

The council believes making families wait could result in financial hardship.

The council paper added: “To seek resolution to the current delay in refunding parents, it is recommended that the council agree to provide short term funding to schools, totalling a maximum of £12,510, to make refunds to parents and carers in advance of anticipated settlement for the rescheduled trips.”

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