Herefordshire Council is consulting on possible changes to its school transport policy from Wednesday 4 September to Friday 18 October.
There are two consultations running simultaneously, the first is for pupils in compulsory education while the second is for those aged 16 years and over attending an education placement.
The council currently provides free transport for pupils in Year 11 and below to either their nearest school or a school in their catchment area. It is proposed to change this to the statutory requirement of providing free transport to the nearest school only.
To find out more about the proposal, please visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/nearestschool.
The council currently provides subsidised or free transport for young people, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN), aged 16 years and over who attend a Post 16 education placement. It is now proposed to make a charge for this service.
This consultation will build upon the SEN impact assessment carried out earlier this year.
To find out more about the proposal, please visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/post16sen.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The council needs to significantly reduce its spending across the county, following severe reductions in central government funding. We have identified potential savings in the school transport system, which need to be further developed to ensure they can be achieved, whilst still providing a service to local families.”
To have your say on the two consultations, please visit the council’s website and either complete the online form or download and e-mail / post the consultation response form. Alternatively call 01432 383810 to receive a copy of the consultations and response forms. There is also the opportunity to comment on the consultations on our Facebook and Twitter pages.