Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2022-23 Consultation

Closes 29 Nov 2021

Opened 18 Oct 2021

Overview

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We want to hear from you

Buckinghamshire Council is proposing to update our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement. These updates are intended to provide clarification and more detail to some parts to make the Policy Statement easier to understand.

We are consulting on the proposed updates, and we will publish any changes we make to the Post-16 Policy Statement following this consultation in April 2022. The updated policy will apply for the academic year 2022-23. The new Policy Statement will apply to all pupils and students, including those with existing transport arrangements.

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement

Our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement sets out transport arrangements for students aged 16 and over. The Statement specifies the arrangements for transport that the Council considers necessary to make in order to facilitate the attendance of sixth form students receiving education or training.

We are proposing to update the wording of the Post-16 Transport Policy Statement to make it clearer to parents by providing clarification and more detail to some parts of the Policy Statement. 

We are also proposing a small increase in the annual fees and charges in line with inflation. We currently spend a significant amount on Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transport and these costs are rising every year. The annual fee for Council-organised transport is a small contribution towards these costs.

We are therefore proposing a 3% inflationary increase, based on Retail Price Index (RPI) as at September 2021, to the annual fee for Post-16 SEND Council-organised transport from September 2022. This will increase the annual fee from £900 to £927 (£600 to £618 for the reduced fee) for the 2022-23 academic year.

The proposed changes are highlighted in yellow in the Draft Post-16 Transport Policy Statement document.

In Autumn 2020 we consulted on restarting contribution charges for post-16 educational transport from September 2021. You can see more information and the outcome of that consultation on our Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Statement 2021/22 Consultation webpage.

Let us have your views

In this consultation, we would like to hear your views on the proposed changes.

Before you complete the questionnaire please read the consultation documents and the Draft Post-16 Transport Policy Statement in the 'Related Links' section at the bottom of this page.

We would like to hear your views on our proposals and invite you to complete this short questionnaire.

If you would like to receive a paper copy, please call 01296 387439.

Please be assured that the information you provide here will be used only for the purposes of this consultation, will be kept confidential and will be stored securely in line with data protection laws.

What happens next?

All consultation feedback will be carefully considered, and we anticipate that in March 2022 the Cabinet Member for Transport and the Leader of the Council will consider the consultation findings and decide on the proposed changes. We will publish the new Post-16 Transport Policy Statement in April 2022 and it will apply to school transport from September 2022.

We will contact key stakeholders to inform them about the decision and we will publish details on this webpage.

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If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

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  • Schools & education