Sunday, 20 August 2017

Consultation extended on school travel cuts

MORE time has been given to families to comment on plans to cut subsidised travel for school pupils.

MORE time has been given to families to comment on plans to cut subsidised travel for school pupils.

Oxfordshire County Council, which is considering limiting free travel to a child’s nearest school, has extended the closing date for comments from today (Friday) to January 14.

The council says this will give officials more time to consider the responses. Letters will be sent to all the families currently receiving free home-to-school transport.

Council leader Ian Hudspeth said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to discuss the proposals directly with us and would now urge anyone who has not yet submitted their views to visit our website, where they can also find out more about the proposals.” The council says its current provision is more generous than the national statutory level and the changes would save between £1 million and £2 million a year.

They could apply to either all children starting school in September 2015 and then be extended to all children after two years or be phased in gradually to ensure all children currently in receipt of free transport continue to receive it until they leave primary or secondary school.

The council is also considering increasing concessionary fares for pupils and post-16 students who are not entitled to free travel on school buses.

To take part in the consultation, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/htspconsultation or call 01865 815175.

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