Chance to speak up on school buses

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PARENTS are being given another chance to have their say on home-to-school transport, as Bucks County Council (BCC) launches a second consultation.

Cabinet member for education Mike Appleyard said: “An earlier consultation held in the spring helped us to identify the views and priorities of parents and this further consultation will help us decide the final details for the new mainstream home-to-school transport policy.”

The consultation will run until the end of January. Parents can have their say by completing a short survey at www.buckscc.gov.uk/haveyoursay or by attending one of the drop-in sessions being held around the county. Local drop-in sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 25, from 5pm to 7pm at The Buckingham School and from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Winslow Centre.

At the moment, 12,000 pupils use the county council’s home to school transport services, up to half of whom could be affected by the proposals.

Councillor Appleyard said: “This year we will save a further £1.3 million by changing the policy for 16-plus pupils, making total savings of £4.4 million, but we still need to make further cost reductions of £1.4 million.

“We appreciate that any changes to the home-to-school transport policy will have an impact on parents. However, the stark reality is that if the cost reductions don’t come from home-to-school transport now they are likely to impact more directly on children’s education.

“The council has to make £55 million savings across all services and home-to-school transport is one area where at the moment, the council’s approach is more generous than the current statutory requirements.”

Find out more at www.buckscc.gov.uk/schooltransport