Residents are being urged to have their say on proposed changes to school transport across the county.
Leicestershire County Council is encouraging residents to share their views on proposals which could see changes to its special educational needs (SEN) and home to school transport policies.
The council launched a 12-week consultation today in September to capture the views of the public about changes which could include:
- Reducing the level of discount available to students from low income families and those children attending specialist nurseries;
- Stopping council arranged taxi and minibus provision to transport SEN students to post 16 education and providing direct financial support instead; and
- Stopping transport to post 16 education for eligible mainstream post 16 students.
The changes have been put forward as SEN transport costs have increased from £6.5million in 2011/12 to £9.2million in 2016/17 – an increase of 42 per cent, with the costs expected to grow further by four to five per cent every year.
Every pupil must have the chance to get to their school or nursery, but rising budget pressures mean we need to reconsider how we can assist.
“It is important that people from across the county have their say and share any concerns they have so we can shape the changes that could be made.Person:Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for passenger transport
There will be public consultation drop-in events to provide information to help people submit their views on the proposal.
The deadline for consultation submissions is Thursday, 21 December.
People who would like a chance to have their say can fill in the consultation online by visiting www.leicestershire.gov.uk/school-transport-policy-changes or to request a paper copy of the consultation call 0116 305 0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org