Decision details

Education Transport Policy 2020/21

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

For the Executive Member to agree the Education Transport Policy 2020/21

Decision:

The Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning agreed the proposed changes to the Home to School Travel Policy for Bracknell children aged 5 to 16.

Reasons for the decision:

       i.         Version 3 of the above policy was produced in February 2019, following concerns raised by the Local Government Ombudsman about the Council’s previous home to school transport policy. Agreement to Version 3 was obtained from DMT prior to its publication in February.

 

     ii.         The LGO advised that the Council’s previous policy was not underpinned by the correct legislation and may have led to wrong decisions being made about eligibility for SEN children.  On this basis, the Council considered that a revised policy should be prepared as a matter of urgency and it was, therefore, not possible to seek the views of key LA officers, whose role was to implement the revised policy.

 

    iii.         This has now taken place and whilst the key elements of the February policy remain unchanged, some additional elements have been added.

 

Alternative options considered:

Not applicable since it is essential that the policy adheres closely to the statutory framework

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Financial Impact: No financial implications

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

No consultation as no changes to the policy

Consultees

None.

Contact: Lesley Adams, Senior Admissions Officer Email: lesley.adams@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 354023.

Publication date: 12/08/2019

Date of decision: 12/08/2019

Effective from: 20/08/2019

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