Thursday, December 8, 2022

Council launches school transport consultation

THURROCK Council has launched two public consultations into the future of home-to-school transport for the borough’s young people.

They are the School Transport Consultation (for ages eight to 11) which runs until 2 July, and the School Transport Consultation (for post-16) which will close a little earlier on 18 June.

Details of both consultations are available online at the council’s website (www.thurrock.gov.uk) and following the links to the consultation page.

The aim of the younger age group consultation is to look at whether the council should withdraw transport for pupils in the age group who live less than three miles from their school – unless families receive certain income-related benefits.

The council has reviewed the services it provides or buys, especially in those areas that are discretionary such as children who live less than three miles from their school and those who require transport to attend faith schools.

For some time, Thurrock has voluntarily extended its transport service above the level required by law – for example transport is currently offered from two miles.

The council is now looking at whether it can continue to do so while promising to carry out its legal responsibilities.

Thurrock is also considering whether to withdraw or reduce funding to faith schools or introduce new charges for transport to faith schools from September 2014.

The consultation for the post-16 group looks two options – whether the council should withdraw its subsidy for post-16 transport and encourage students to take up the offer of a discounted bus pass with effect from September 2013 or whether, in certain cases, it should increase charges to cover the full cost.

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