A person who helps school children cross trafficked roads in the UK during the school year. The name refers to the large signs he or she holds to attract the attention of traffic, which resemble lollipops.
Road safety charity Brake said research suggested the reason for the decline in the number of lollipop men and women, who are typically paid between pounds 6 and pounds 7 an hour, was an increasing atmosphere of violence and intimidation.
The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that some Birmingham lollipop men and women were facing the axe after city councillors were forced to sanction "efficiency savings" after going over budget.
So here's a question we could ask to every aspiring councillor in the last few days of the campaign: do you agree that the repayment of that PS14m Ricoh loan should be used to save our libraries, lollipop men and women, disabled children's transport, jobs service for the most vulnerable and the other services under threat?