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Home to School transport: will this affect you and your child?

October 3, 2013 4:22 PM
Home to school transport survey 2013

Home to school transport survey 2013

Conservative controlled Essex County Council are running a six week formal consultation into the discretionary elements of their home to school transport policy. The consultation ends on 28th October.

The Tories at County Hall say they are looking at where efficiency savings can be made however, the simple truth is they are looking to make cuts and it is hard working Essex families living primarily in the rural areas of Essex who are going to be picking up the bill if they don't send their child to the nearest school to their home address.

A number of the discretionary elements of the existing policy are now under review. These include consulting on:

Under the County policy we have been told that the schools in Brentwood which will be considered to be the nearest to each of the villages are as follows:

Lib Dem County Councillor David Kendall said

"I have major concerns about this consultation because it could mean parents living in the rural areas having to pay out hundreds of pounds each year to send their child to the school of their choice when up to now it has been free. The Tories always tell us they are the party of choice when it comes to education but if these proposals go ahead it will blow that claim out of the water. Many Brentwood families in the rural areas are going to be affected by these proposals so I would strongly urge them to take part in the consultation and make their views known".

The consultation, plus all the accompanying literature and documentation is available on www.essex.gov.uk/schooltransport with a link to the consultation document at www.essexinsight.org.uk/consultations. To submit further comments complete the questionare or e-mail schooltransportconsultation@essex.gov.uk

Cllr David Kendall is opposing these plans and he can be contacted here.