The consultation on home to school transport, which closes on Friday 28 February 2014, involves:
• eligibility for transport free of charge
• transport for which the parent/carer makes a financial contribution
• provision for children with special educational needs and other individual needs, including medical and health needs.
The Council would like to hear the views of anyone with an interest in the Home to School Transport Policy, especially, Parents/carers, Pupils, Schools and colleges, Partner agencies (e.g. Health), The Voluntary Sector & Town and parish councils
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Andrew Wallis, said: “The Council currently spends approximately £12 million a year on home to school transport, with around 12,000 children and young people being transported each school day. While the majority of transport is provided under our statutory duty, the current policy also includes several discretionary elements which, in light of extreme pressure on our budget, we need to reconsider.
“We have a responsibility to ensure our policy continues to provide fair and appropriate transport arrangements for children and young people alongside value for money. Balancing those two things is not always easy and we want to hear from as many people as possible to help inform our debate and final decision.”
The consultation will run from Monday 13 January 2014 to Friday 28 February 2014.
Anyone interested in commenting on the proposed changes can do so in a number of ways: By complete the feedback form contained in the consultation document and either post or email it to us using the contact details below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to School Transport Commissioning Team, East 0, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY
The results of the consultation will be considered by Cornwall Council in April 2014 and come into effect in September 2014. Here are the links below for the consultation documents:
- School transport policy 2014/15 School transport policy 2014/15
- Consultation document Consultation document
- Summary of proposed changes Summary of proposed change