Consultation on Blaenau Gwent’s Home to School and Post 16 Transport Arrangements

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in line with the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008, is proposing to consult on a series of options, which could change the distance criteria and financial support provided for pupils and students accessing home to school and post 16 transport arrangements.

The Council’s preferred options for the consultation involves:

  • reverting to the statutory distance by which pupils qualify for free home to school transport; and,
  • a gradual reduction in the amount of travel grant that post 16 students receive over a 3 year period, with it being withdrawn completely by September 2021.

The Council currently provides free home to school transport for approximately 1323 mainstream pupils each day, via more than 30 established routes. In addition to this, transport is also provided for approximately 70 pupils via season tickets for public service vehicles. The Council also provides transport for approximately 250 Special Educational Need (‘SEN’) pupils on a daily basis. The Council also provides 800 post 16 students with assisted transport in the form of a travel grant.

An important part of the process is to engage with residents, pupils, parents, staff and key stakeholders, in understanding their views on the Council’s proposals.

Copies of the booklet can be made available upon request by emailing 21stcenturyschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk.

A series of drop in events have been organised across the County Borough where officers will be present to answer any questions and speak to stakeholders who would like to know more about the proposal and any implications on learners’ travel arrangements.

You are also invited to submit any comments, observations and/ or views in relation to the proposals in writing to: Mr Lynn Phillips, Head of Education and Transformation, Education Department, Floor 8, Anvil Court, Church Street, Abertillery, NP13 1DB; or by emailing 21stcenturyschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk.

Finally, you also have the opportunity to express your views and provide comment on the proposal via the questionnaire found at the back of the consultation document, or by visiting the online questionnaire. All views expressed throughout the consultation will be considered in deciding the next steps.

Following the conclusion of the formal consultation process, an outturn report will be submitted to the Council’s Executive Committee who will decide on the next steps to be taken. Should the Council’s Executive Committee decide to proceed with the proposal to revert to the statutory limits implementation will be phased up until September 2021.

I look forward to receiving your observations. Please note that all written responses must be received by the Council no later than the 17th July 2018 at 5.00pm.

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For an electronic copy of the questionnaire please click here: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152820693413

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Contact Information

Name of Team:  Education Transformation Team

Tel Number:  01495 355470

Address:  Education and Transformation, Education Department, Floor 8, Anvil Court, Church Street, Abertillery, NP13 1DB;

Email Address:  21stcenturyschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk.