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Peterborough post-16 education transport PE1

Location: UK » East of England » PE
Sector: Education, Transport

Peterborough City Council is planning to scrap free school/college transport for children over 16 with medical problems or spcial needs.

At present the council provides free transport for post-16 school and college students who have medical grounds or statements of special educational needs. Other families are charged £300 for this service. The council now wants to introduce this £300 charge for those students currently eligible for free transport. Families on benefits currently eligible for free transport will have to pay £150. Additionally, the charges will be imposed per child rather than per family. The changes are designed to save the council £20k a year.

Additionally, the council is planning to tighten its policy of providing free transport to the nearest educational establishment for chidren over 16 when particular courses are not offered within five miles of a family’s home. In the past, this has meant the council paying for young people to attend courses
in London. The council is proposing to place a limit on the travelling distance to 30 miles from home, as the crow flies, for post-16 students. The new policy will bring estimated savings of £3k a year.

The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.

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