Herefordshire Council has today (Friday 7 February) agreed its budget for the next three years.
As part of the budget agreement, it was announced that £112,000 will be provided for a school transport transition fund which will allow for the integrated commissioning of public transport and for schools to develop responses to the changes.
This was an amendment to the original budget proposal and will be funded by diverting financial resources from other areas of the budget.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “Although the school transport policy remains unchanged, we welcome the additional funding as it will enable us to continue working with local schools, parents and transport providers to look at alternative ways of providing cost effective transport options across the county.
“We still aim to implement the policy changes in September 2014, however the transition funding will help to reduce circumstances whereby parents may feel that they have no option but to make school preference choices based on the changed school transport policy, by identifying alternative means of transport or lower cost provision.
“Cabinet will confirm how the transition fund will be applied at its meeting on Thursday 13 March.”
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