Final call for feedback on proposals to change home to school travel

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On Wednesday 28 February 2018 the consultation to help find a long-term solution to providing affordable home to school transport will close.

In Suffolk, £21 million of taxpayers’ money is spent every year getting children to and from school. Suffolk County Council has already introduced a number of efficiency changes to the service saving around £2.6 million.

Now, like many other councils across the country, the authority needs to consider making more significant changes across a number of areas, including home to school travel.

The consultation highlights the challenges faced with funding and asks residents for their thoughts on how we adapt to the changing education landscape in Suffolk as schools continue to become more independent, moving away from being historically under local authority control, with new powers to set their choice of admissions, adjust term dates and manage school travel plans.

The council’s current school and post-16 travel policies go above legal requirements, the consultation seeks views on changing these policies, giving the opportunity to explore local solutions as well as three alternative options for children aged 5-16 and 16 plus.

Over 3500 people have already responded to the school and post-16 travel consultation surveys, over 151 people attended one of the consultation workshops and 36 people attended the ‘Have your say’ event where alternative solutions were presented.

All of the feedback gathered will be carefully and thoroughly considered by Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet in June 2018.

Suffolk County Council cabinet member for children's services, education and skills, Councillor Gordon Jones, said:

“With only a week to go until the consultation closes, I would encourage those that haven’t responded to the consultation, to read the proposals and complete the survey at www.suffolk.gov.uk/schooltravel.

"This is an opportunity for all Suffolk residents to have their say about how council tax is spent.”

The consultation is open until Wednesday 28 February 2018. Full details about the proposals and how people can have their say are available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/schooltravel.