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Herts County Council launch consultation on School Transport

posted 18 Oct 2010, 10:58 by Tomo   [ updated 10 Nov 2010, 10:36 ]
Hertfordshire County Council have launched a consultation on proposed changes to the home to school transport policy for statutory school age pupils.

The details of the consultation are available here: http://www.hertsdirect.org/havesay/consultation/crtcnslt/consultations/h2st/

The foreward states that "the very considerable pressure on public spending will affect all public services including those delivered by the county council for the foreseeable future. Hertfordshire County Council is looking at every aspect of its work and how this can be delivered more efficiently and effectively." 

But it goes onto state "Certain groups of children and young people have a right to free transport which is protected by law and these groups will remain unaffected by the review. We have already consulted young people about the SaverCard Concessionary Scheme and this has helped to inform our proposal to maintain the SaverCard. The views of children and young people will also be taken into account in this consultation.

In summary there are 4 proposals being put forward:

Proposal 1: It is proposed that the county council adopts a policy for free home to school transport based only on statutory entitlement with effect from 1 September 2012.

Proposal 2: It is proposed that concessions for faith transport and all other discretionary transport would discontinue with effect from 1 September 2012. Other changes relating to eligibility and arrangements for free transport are also proposed.

Proposal 3: It is proposed to rationalise the School Bus Network to become a closed network which is unavailable to the public, and self financing with effect from September 2012. This may include:
• The reduction of Education ‘E’ and 800 Routes** as a result of applying a policy of providing transport only to those pupils for whom the county council has a statutory duty to provide transport.
• The introduction of charging for places on transport at full cost recovery (see page 8) phased in over two years for pupils for whom the county council does not have a statutory duty to provide transport.
• Schools or local communities managing their own home to school transport arrangements directly, for pupils for whom the county council does not have a duty to provide transport.

Proposal 4: It is proposed to retain the SaverCard concessionary scheme for use on the public bus network, and introduce an annual minimum charge of £20 per year for those of statutory school age applying for a card for use with effect from September 2012.

The consultation period runs until 26th January 2011. 
You can respond online by completing an online questionnaire available at the above address.

If you do not have access to the internet you can return a paper copy of the response form 
available at local libraries or by calling 01438 737350. Paper copies to be returned to 

Hertfordshire 
County Council
Transport Review - Postal Point CHO 135
Room 124a
County Hall
Pegs Lane,
Hertford
SG13 8DF.

Young people have the option of responding to the consultation via ChannelMogo, the Hertfordshire Youth portal.

How will this affect you in Chorleywood? Let us know at education@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk

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