Bradford Council may start new check system on school place bids (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Council may start new check system on school place bids
10:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Bradford Council will explore the feasibility of a new system to crack down on parents who put a false address on school place application forms.
The Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee has recommended that the authority’s strategic director looks into the possibility of developing a system that will compare addresses given online with council tax records.
It came after mum Tracey Briscoe told the meeting that she wanted the Council to change the way it allocates school places and take a tougher stance with parents who fill in forms fraudu- lently.
Under the Council’s straight line distance criteria, Mrs Briscoe’s son was rejected by a school near where the family live in Shipley and forced to attend one further away.
Mrs Briscoe said: “It has been a nightmare and I would prefer other parents to not go through it.”
Chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee Councillor Malcolm Sykes (Con, Thornton and Allerton) said: “If we are certain that someone has made a fraudulent application, let’s give it some publicity – let’s tell everybody.”
Tony Sinkinson, the Council’s head of school organisation and place planning, said that the majority of local authorities used straight line distance, and added that it was the fairest and most transparent way of measurement.
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