Process to abolish post-16 transport charges to start

The council's administration has launched the process to reintroduce free transport for post-16 students.

Thursday, 15th February 2018, 8:00 am
Coun Wayne Daley, the cabinet member for childrens services.

As it represents a change to school transport policy, the reintroduction requires a formal consultation to take place. Following the sign-off at the county council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday, this will start on Monday and run for six weeks until Friday, March 30.

This should enable the updated policy to be published by the end of May, meaning there will be no charges for the start of the academic year in September.

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Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “There is an absolute commitment to our manifesto pledge to end the teenage tax and an absolute commitment to ensure we have social mobility and access to education for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay a £600 tax.”

The cabinet agreed an amendment proposed by the scrutiny committee to include in the new policy that ‘the final decision on the granting of school transport funding lies at the discretion of the county council’.