Councillor’s bid for post-16 review later this year

Now that controversial new arrangements on post-16 transport are coming into effect, a north Northumberland councillor is pushing for a review of the implementation at the end of the year.

Coun Anthony Murray, ward member for Wooler, has submitted a motion to Wednesday’s full county-council meeting, calling for a report to be presented to the December 2014 council meeting ‘to update us in a comprehensive way on how the decision has been implemented, and what effect it has had on the educational prospects of our young people’.

According to Coun Murray, this should include the number of passes purchased compared to the number of free passes last year; the impact on school-bus provision to all students, and how bus and train operators have responded to these changed conditions; the impact on the take-up of spaces at Northumberland colleges compared with those out of the county; the actual savings accrued compared to those anticipated.

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