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School transport in Buckinghamshire

August 25, 2019 2:14 PM

school busThe council have wiped its hands of ensuring that children can get to school. They cater only eligible students whom they are legally obliged to provide free home-to-school transport. They will even allow parents to pay to fill up the buses that have to be laid on. By the council's own account, that leaves a large proportion of children with no transport. Local public buses have been withdrawn and no longer link the villagev and townv. Statements about environmental concerns contradict the impact of replacing buses by private cars carrying 1 or 2 children.

There is a BCC petition and 2 Facebook groups, one closed from 2012 "Bucks Parents Home to School Transport Group" and a new one "Bucks Community School Transport issues" to help parents arrange transport and campaign for improvements.

On March 5th 2018, the council made the decision to stop organising the necessary transport. This was not a budget consideration since parents pay of the transport and organisation. At the time, the council said "Whilst the Council does currently offer some home to school transport provision that goes beyond our statutory obligations, we are committed to achieving full cost recovery. We will also ensure clear consultation with parents and carers when considering any further changes in this area. Further work is needed to fully understand the financial model of the discretionary provision and to establish alternative options for parents and carers."

In March 2018, the council went further in their cuts. They designated 2 schools as mainstream school and were thus able to withdraw the obligation to provide school transport to the schools that children actually attend. They also withdraw transport for SEND puplis over 16 to 'encourage independence'

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/news/cabinet-agrees-changes-to-home-to-school-transport-services/?fbclid=IwAR3ziooikSwFUCJF3hqN3gGNezC8H6ktqyZ9Slymx38gDXiv9Zi9bsdFioM