Con­sul­ta­tion on school trans­port

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE -

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on re­duc­ing pupils’ el­i­gi­bil­ity for free school trans­port is ex­pected to get un­der way on Mon­day.

Coun­cil­lors on North La­nark­shire’s ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee were be­ing asked to ap­prove the start of the ex­er­cise – seek­ing views on pro­pos­als to in­crease the qual­i­fy­ing dis­tances for trans­port pro­vi­sion yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Pupils liv­ing more than one mile from their catch­ment pri­mary and two miles from their sec­ondary school cur­rently re­ceive free trans­port.

But the pro­posal un­der con­sid­er­a­tion is to change that pol­icy to the statu­tory re­quire­ment of two miles from pri­maries and three from high schools.

A re­port for coun­cil­lors projects that 1916 pri­mary and 2670 sec­ondary pupils would be af­fected by the re­duced en­ti­tle­ment, with 723 and 2838 re­spec­tively re­main­ing el­i­gi­ble; and that sav­ings could to­tal nearly £2.4mil­lion.

The pa­per adds:“it should be noted that this pro­posal does not af­fect the trans­port ar­range­ments for pupils with ad­di­tional sup­port needs.”

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