PS10 - Home to School Discretionary Transport

Closed 19 Dec 2011

Opened 21 Sep 2011

Results Updated 16 Feb 2012

Thank you very much for all comments submitted to the savings proposals consultation. The staff and public consultation process have now concluded.  

Elected members have considered the final reports on this proposal including the staff and public views gathered during the consultation period. The decisions made are detailed below:

Discretionary home to school transport for all children attending mainstream schools will end with effect from 1st September 2013.

Under the current policy, as well as meeting its legal duty, the Council provides extra support to children for home to school transport e.g. children attending a church school rather than their nearest school.

The proposed policy will provide free home to school transport for those entitled by law. That is:

1. Children unable to walk to school because of their Special Educational Needs, disability or a mobility problem;

2. Children living further than the legal walking distances to the nearest suitable school;

3. Children unable to walk in safety to school because of the nature of the route; and

4. Children from low income families.

It is further proposed that the policy is phased in by granting a subsidy of £150 per child per year to those children in Years 8 and 9 of their secondary education in September 2013 who would have been eligible for renewing an existing bus pass but only whilst they remain in attendance at that school, and further that children in Years 10 and 11 of their secondary education in September 2013 who would have been eligible for renewing an existing bus pass will continue to do so whilst they remain in attendance at that school.

Full year savings 2012/13 Changes in this proposal are not due to take place until September 2013 so there are no indicative saving for this or next financial year.

Cabinet Decision: To be implemented with significant amendments

You can find the final proposal document, equality impact assessment, and the public summary of all proposal decisions in the files section below.

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Overview

This proposal is to end discretionary home to school transport for all children attending mainstream schools with effect from 1st September 2013.

Under the current policy, as well as meeting its legal duty, the Council provides extra support to children for home to school transport such as:

  • children attending a church school rather than their nearest school;
  • all primary age children being eligible if the nearest school is over two miles away; and
  • giving help to children moving address, but where they stay at the same school.

 

Under the proposed policy children eligible for free home to school transport will be those entitled by law. That is:

  • children unable to walk to school because of their Special Educational Needs, disability or a mobility problem;
  • children living further than the legal walking distances to the nearest suitable school;
  • children unable to walk in safety to school because of the nature of the route; and
  • children from low income families.

 

Please note that as the changes in this proposal are not due to take place until September 2013 it therefore has no indicative saving for this financial year

As the proposal will affect service users, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to identify likely or actual effects on people with protected characteristics.

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