Home to school transport policy review
Later this month, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to consider
potential changes to discretionary home to school transport and to approve a
consultation on transport policy change.
The Council’s home to school transport policy is made up of both statutory
requirements from the Welsh Government and discretionary transport provision
above these requirements. The discretionary elements of the policy include the
? Welsh Medium provision – at November 2017 this was costing £490k for 720
pupils, but pursuing any efficiency savings in this area could potentially
contravene a number of national and local policies.
? Post 16 - at November 2017, for around1500 college students the cost was
£760k per year and 430 sixth form pupils accessed this at a cost of £190K per
? Transport provision to denominational schools - at November 2017, 720 pupils
accessed this at a cost of £435k per year.
Options available for each of the above are as follows:
? Option 1: No change
? Option 2: Proposal to consult on applying a charge
? Option 3: Proposal to consult to cease transport to Welsh medium schools
unless the nearest school to the pupil’s home address.
The fourth discretionary area is benefits entitlement – for secondary school
pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or Working Tax Credit.
Flintshire is the only council in Wales to retain this entitlement.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor
Ian Roberts, said:
“Any changes in transport policy would require consultation and would require
Cabinet to consider the views of key stakeholders in their consideration and
determination at a future Cabinet meeting. Additionally, an implementation
period is required which would result in the earliest implemented of any
proposed changes being September 2020.”