Hampshire County Council is inviting residents to provide their views on proposals around changes to the provision of transport to and from school or college for school children and students, which continue to meet the Authority’s statutory responsibilities.
Hampshire County Council currently spends £30 million on Home to School Transport (HtST) and Post-16 transport for 15,000 students in Hampshire. The proposed changes, if agreed, would see a reduction in transport services that are provided at the County Council’s discretion – above and beyond what the Authority is legally required to deliver. This currently applies to under 1,000 young people who the County Council has supported either through local policy elements that go beyond the statutory minimum, or based on a family’s individual circumstances.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, commented: “With the substantial reductions in central Government funding, the County Council has had to look very closely at how all of its services operate. We would like to know what people think about some proposed changes being considered for managing Home to School Transport in the coming years; that will bring our services into line with other authorities which now offer only that which is specified in legislation.”
The consultation on proposed changes to the Home to School Transport Service and Post-16 Transport Service runs until Tuesday 13 March 2018. Available online at www.hants.gov.uk/consultations is an information pack which sets out the County Council’s current position for the provision of HtST and explains the possible options for potential changes. Also online is a questionnaire for people to complete and make their views known.
Following the close of the consultation in March, and analysis of the responses, a report on the feedback will be prepared for Councillor Mans to consider in May 2018 – together with any resulting recommendations for changes to the Home to School Transport and Post-16 Transport Services which, if agreed, could be effective from 1 September 2018.