Parents have your say on home to school transport Published: 15 June 2011
Parents are being asked for their ideas and suggestions on the best and fairest way of introducing Home to School transport charges from September 2012, at a series of meetings next week.
Parents are invited to attend the meetings, where they will be able to discuss with Mike Appleyard, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, solutions for the best way of funding savings in the future.
The invitation follows the announcement yesterday (14 June), to postpone charging for home to school transport for new Year 7 pupils, to allow more time to consider and model the impact of a number of local issues which have arisen during the consultation.
The Council recognises that more time is needed to consider the full effects of charging and also parents' ideas and suggestions.
Mike Appleyard said: "The last few weeks have given me the opportunity to listen to public feedback and consider the matter in greater detail and I fully understand that any proposals to introduce charging will be difficult and controversial but the flip side is that as a Council, we still need to make substantial savings as part of the national squeeze on public sector spending.
"However, I have decided to delay any charging for pupils of statutory school age until September 2012. This is so that I can talk further with parents and schools to find the best and fairest way of introducing charges. This could affect all year groups as the level of savings required has not diminished, however the important thing is that this gives more time to find the very best solution."
Those with children due to start secondary school in September 2011, will receive a letter informing them of the meetings directly. Parents of secondary school children in years 7-11 are welcome to attend as their views are equally as valuable.
The meetings have been arranged as follows:
20 June 7pm - Adams Park Conference Centre, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
21 June 4:15pm The Beacon Centre Holtspur Way HP9 1RJ
21 June 7.30pm County Hall (Mezz Rooms 1 & 2) HP20 1YU
22 June 6.30pm - St Johns Methodist Church, Woodside Road HP6 6AJ
Parents interested in attending are requested to contact Jackie Bennion on 01296 387609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to register their interest.