Residents are being asked to provide their views on proposed changes to school transport services at two events.
We are encouraging residents to share their views on proposals which could see changes to our discretionary special educational needs (SEN) and home to school transport policies.
A 12-week consultation was launched in late September, and we are running two drop-in events for people to find out more information and give their feedback.
The events will take place at:
- 6pm on Monday, 20 November at Ashmount School, in Thorpe Hill, Loughborough; and
- 6.30pm on Tuesday 21, November at Birch Wood School, in Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray.
We’re keen to hear what the public think about our proposals.
“Rising budget pressures mean we need to reconsider how we can assist. These events will give residents the chance to 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
The proposed changes 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.
The deadline for consultation response submissions is Thursday, 21 December.
People can also request a paper copy of the consultation by calling 0116 305 0002 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org