A FUNDING shortfall has meant that under 16s will not benefit from free swimming in the borough, even though their peers in neighbouring boroughs will.
Hillingdon Council have explained their decision not to roll out the scheme, citing a lack of money from central Government would leave them having to make up the difference.
Jean Palmer, director of planning and community services, said: "Government have not provided local authorities with the full funding for the scheme to offer free swimming to under 16s.
"This would mean that Hillingdon Council would have to meet the £74,000 additional cost.
"It is disappointing that we are unable to extend this scheme to Hillingdon's younger residents due to a lack of central funding."
Late last month the authority announced that from April 1 anyone over 60 can go swimming pool across Hillingdon for nothing as part of a scheme to encourage fitness and healthy lifestyles.
The free under 16s swimming scheme is being launched as part of the Olympic 2012 legacy, with several local authorities offering it, including neighbouring Harrow and Ealing, although Hounslow is not.