Home School Transport – disruption ahead
Hampshire are looking to cut £2.5 million from this budget. Their reasoning is that despite spending less than the national average there are other councils who spend even les. A real race to the bottom! The proposals include
Instead of being picked up from home children qualifying under SEND may have to get to a pick-up point, up to a mile away from their home, to get their transport. Parents/carers would need to consider how their child could get safely to the pick-up point. The choice of pick-up point will be based on the “efficiency” for the transport provider. This is not a viable proposition for many of the children affected.
Schools and colleges close to each other would share transport, mixing all age groups and needs. Putting children of different age groups together (mixing primary, secondary, and post-16 pupils); and arranging transport that mixes both mainstream pupils, and pupils with SEND, together. This can cause severe disruption where particular needs complete and there in the potential for a real reduction in the safety and security of children as there will be less supervision and individual support. We know that separately Hampshire intend to drastically cut the number of travel escorts that provide support to SEND children. Journey times will increase significantly.
Please respond to the consultation at https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/schooltransport