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Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Kerry Katona Defends BFF Katie Price Over Tax-Funded Care Row

Katie Price and Katie Hopkins made headlines when they rowed over the fact that Pricey uses tax-funded care for her disabled son Harvey, and now her BFF has stepped in to defend her decision.

The former glamour model’s representatives have also released a statement to clear up any confusion for viewers, after they were split on whether to support Katie P or Katie H’s point of view.

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Kerry Katona Defends BFF Katie Price Over Tax-Funded Care Row
By MazSight

Yikes.

The two Katies originally clashed after Pricey revealed that she uses taxpayers money help get Harvey to school.

As you can probably predict, Katie H wasn’t *too* impressed that KP uses taxpayers money to help get Harvey from her West Sussex home to his school in central London as well as to fund a nurse to sit with him during the journey.

Their love-in was never going to last forever, was it?


Now, Kerry Katona has stepped in to help defend her BFF, taking to Twitter to write: “Just caught up with CBB, Who the hell is Katie H to say MissKatiePrice is wrong, regards To school runs!!!!!!!!!”

She later added: “Negativity is like a disease. If you don’t get rid of it, it will consume you!” before retweeting followers who also support Katie, including one who wrote: “so what if the government pay for it that little boy deserves help people who live off state get enough.”

Another wrote: “Harvey is entitled to care as is any other special needs kids paid for by the state KP pays high taxes u go H.”

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Kerry Katona Defends BFF Katie Price Over Tax-Funded Care Row
By MazSight

*Insert sassy emoji here*

The 36-year-old’s representatives were also keen to defend the businesswoman, releasing a statement explaining the exact ins-and-outs of the care Harvey receives. The full statement reads:

“We hope the below helps other parents in similar situations:

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.

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Kerry Katona Defends BFF Katie Price Over Tax-Funded Care Row
By MazSight

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 cheaper option to transport children out of borough. If Harveys school was on his doorstep as with schools for Healthy children then this would not apply but it was the Governments 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.”

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Kerry Katona Defends BFF Katie Price Over Tax-Funded Care Row
By MazSight

So that’s that then.

We’re still not sure Katie Hopkins will be convinced though. Gulp.

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