School transport cuts are planned in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Ralph Berry Coun Ralph Berry

Cuts to free school transport are to be made from next year but Bradford Council’s executive has pledged to look into ways of reducing the cost of a school bus pass to help those affected.

The measures are intended to save £95,000 from next financial year and see the Council ending discretionary travel assistance in certain circumstances.

These are: in relation to faith schools, under fives with special educational needs, pupils whose families move house in the final year of school, pupils attending pupil referral units, and pupils whose school is nearer by a straight line even if there is a nearer school by available walking route.

The Council will continue to offer free school transport to those living more than the statutory walking distance from their nearest school. This is two miles for under eights and three miles for those eight-years-old and over.

As the new criteria applies to those attending school from September, 2015, pupils who already receive free transport will not be affected by the changes.

Executive members agreed to charge up to £370 a year per pupil for a pass to travel on a dedicated school bus service – the equivalent of a School Plus Metrocard. Although Councillor David Green, leader of the Labour-run Council said they would look at the actual cost of the service and endeavour to bring the price down.

The moves, particularly in relation to faith schools, have come under fire, with a petition against the changes attracting nearly 350 signatures. Caroline Hyde, chairman of Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, which runs Sacred Heart Catholic Primary in Ilkley, and St Mary's, Menston, spoke out at yesterday’s meeting of the executive. She said it was an attack on faith schools and against the current guidance from the Department for Education. In addition it would push cash-strapped families into sending their children to schools closer to home – taking spaces that would have gone to other local children.

Coun Green said: “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t necessarily be having this discussion, but we are in a situation where we are under incredible budget pressure.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children and young people’s services, said: “We continue to be one of the highest spending on school transport in the country.”

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8:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Why are we trying to save a pittance like this when we could save 4 time that by leaving union subs to fund the unions rather than our tax money.
Why are we trying to save a pittance like this when we could save 4 time that by leaving union subs to fund the unions rather than our tax money. Thee Voice of Reason
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9:10am Wed 9 Apr 14

allannicho says...

Poor little Darlings will have to use "Shanks Pony" as
we did in the Fifties! Bus pass? unheard of.
Poor little Darlings will have to use "Shanks Pony" as we did in the Fifties! Bus pass? unheard of. allannicho
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5:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Out of site says...

allannicho wrote:
Poor little Darlings will have to use "Shanks Pony" as
we did in the Fifties! Bus pass? unheard of.
True but it's not as safe to walk about nowadays as it was then,surely this can be resolved and another way found to save money
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Poor little Darlings will have to use "Shanks Pony" as we did in the Fifties! Bus pass? unheard of.[/p][/quote]True but it's not as safe to walk about nowadays as it was then,surely this can be resolved and another way found to save money Out of site
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6:38pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BierleyBoy says...

£300k a year to have a Mayor who has a chauffeur driven £50k BMW. The kids can walk but they will keep one of their pals in a nothing role.
£300k a year to have a Mayor who has a chauffeur driven £50k BMW. The kids can walk but they will keep one of their pals in a nothing role. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 3

7:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.
I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen. alive and awake
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7:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Firstly I agree with this cut it puts all parents on a level playing field what ever creed colour or religion.
What I don't agree is with the cost of the travel. I've 2 children in secondary school and it cost me the following £68 for 2 bus passes The bus passes are Metro school plus which entitles them to travel anywhere in West Yorkshire. Hang on a minute my children go to school in Bradford so why am I paying for a tour of West Yorkshire.
Having approached Metro they are unwilling to answer the following questions How much money do they make on the bus passes? Why can't I have a simple bus pass that will allow travel to the Bradford boundary? They did answer that question we have to share the money between all the bus companies in West Yorkshire.
Every child has to go to school if they are off we can be fined £60 per parent per child.
Someone asked about walking to school not every child is allocated the school nearest their home. My children do use public transport as they start school at 8:15 the school is 2.2 miles away and I don't think it is safe in the middle of winter since they would have to use subways and cross major roads in the dark.
On top of that we have school dinners at £2.55 per day per child that works out at £102:00 per month.
We haven't got to school uniform which most schools have now put a logo and schools expect them to have it.
Then there are trips books equipment sports gear and other things.
The reason for pointing this out is many parents are living on the breadline and struggling and are not entitled to help with travel. So many will welcome this as been fair desision .
Firstly I agree with this cut it puts all parents on a level playing field what ever creed colour or religion. What I don't agree is with the cost of the travel. I've 2 children in secondary school and it cost me the following £68 for 2 bus passes The bus passes are Metro school plus which entitles them to travel anywhere in West Yorkshire. Hang on a minute my children go to school in Bradford so why am I paying for a tour of West Yorkshire. Having approached Metro they are unwilling to answer the following questions How much money do they make on the bus passes? Why can't I have a simple bus pass that will allow travel to the Bradford boundary? They did answer that question we have to share the money between all the bus companies in West Yorkshire. Every child has to go to school if they are off we can be fined £60 per parent per child. Someone asked about walking to school not every child is allocated the school nearest their home. My children do use public transport as they start school at 8:15 the school is 2.2 miles away and I don't think it is safe in the middle of winter since they would have to use subways and cross major roads in the dark. On top of that we have school dinners at £2.55 per day per child that works out at £102:00 per month. We haven't got to school uniform which most schools have now put a logo and schools expect them to have it. Then there are trips books equipment sports gear and other things. The reason for pointing this out is many parents are living on the breadline and struggling and are not entitled to help with travel. So many will welcome this as been fair desision . Ratters Rat
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8:11pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

alive and awake wrote:
I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.
They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.[/p][/quote]They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts. Ratters Rat
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9:26pm Wed 9 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Ratters Rat wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.
They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts.
I know what I see and witness. My questions are fair.
[quote][p][bold]Ratters Rat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.[/p][/quote]They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts.[/p][/quote]I know what I see and witness. My questions are fair. alive and awake
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9:55pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

alive and awake wrote:
Ratters Rat wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.
They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts.
I know what I see and witness. My questions are fair.
The questions are fair but you make it sound like all parents are like that.Having worked in special needs talked to parents I can fully understand and sympathizer what some of these parents are going through . Many don't qualify for extra help. A nights respite care would make all the difference they don't need people pointing and judging them. What you think you see and the real story are totally different.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ratters Rat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: I'd like to know the full extent of the cost of sending taxis round to take kids to school, also do we still have to pay when they can't be bothered getting out of bed, and how often does this happen.[/p][/quote]They have to apply to children services or as you may know it Education Bradford each one is judged on its own merit. Mainly for children with special needs that have a statement I believe other sibling's can use it. It is only used in term time. I am aware of a friend who uses this service as for can't be bothered getting out of bed her child is at a special school and her other children are taken to school by their mum. Please don't judge unless you know the full facts.[/p][/quote]I know what I see and witness. My questions are fair.[/p][/quote]The questions are fair but you make it sound like all parents are like that.Having worked in special needs talked to parents I can fully understand and sympathizer what some of these parents are going through . Many don't qualify for extra help. A nights respite care would make all the difference they don't need people pointing and judging them. What you think you see and the real story are totally different. Ratters Rat
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