Changes to transport costs for post-16 students

Cambridgeshire County Council have launched a consultation regarding the recent review of their Home to School Transport Policy. This review has revealed the disparity between transport charges, for young people from year group 12 upwards, between those who have a Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and those who do not.

Currently all young people without a Statement or EHCP claiming a bus pass to school or college are charged a termly amount as a contribution towards the cost. These young people are required to pay £150 per term towards the cost of a bus pass and from 1st September 2015 £160 per term. Post 16 young people with Statements or EHCPs currently receive their transport to their chosen post 16 setting free of charge (if eligible). This shows an inconsistent approach towards charging detailed in the current policy in relation to Post 16 transport.

Given this discrepancy the Council is proposing that from 1st September 2015 all students undertaking a new Post 16 course, in school or college, will pay a contribution towards the cost of their transport. Students who started a full-time post-16 course before 1st September 2015, and who satisfy the criteria, will continue to be eligible for free SEN Home to School/College Transport until they complete their current course or reach the end of the academic year in which they are 19 years old.

They would now like to gather views on what has been proposed. Below is a link to the web page with further information. Please feel free to share this, feedback can be submitted via the online survey. The consultation will end on 11th May 2015.

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20136/special_educational_needs_and_disabilities_local_offer/528/education_health_and_care_plan/9

Thank you
Bob Wilson

Manager – Parent Partnership Service providing Cambridgeshire’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
01223 699211
www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/pps

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Cambridgeshire County Council
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