SLC hit back at crit­ics

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire coun­cil say they can no longer af­ford to pro­vide school bus pro­vi­sion that is more gen­er­ous than the statu­tory amount.

In a state­ment re­leased af­ter last week’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, head of ed­u­ca­tion, Jim Gil­hooly, said:“The coun­cil un­der­stands that the pro­pos­als mean some par­ents will need to change the way they ful­fil their re­spon­si­bil­ity to get their chil­dren to and from school.

“Pro­pos­als be­ing put to Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee coun­cil­lors for con­sid­er­a­tion on 26 Au­gust re­flect con­cerns raised by par­ents at con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions un­der­taken in line with statu­tory re­quire­ments.

“Amend­ments to trans­port pro­pos­als ap­proved by the coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary now seek to de­lay the im­ple­men­ta­tion date un­til April, 18, 2016.

“It is fur­ther pro­posed that all sec­ondary pupils en­ti­tled to free school meals who live more than two miles from their school can ac­cess free school trans­port.

“By seek­ing to move to pro­vid­ing free sec­ondary school trans­port af­ter three miles, we would be in line with 19 other lo­cal author­i­ties in Scot­land who have al­ready adopted this statu­tory limit.

“If the new three miles statu­tory limit is ap­proved, we will learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of these coun­cils.

“The coun­cil has sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings to make, mean­ing that there are dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions to take. As such, these pro­pos­als have not been made lightly.

“The coun­cil re­mains of the view that it can no longer af­ford to pro­vide sec­ondary school main­stream trans­port at a level that is more gen­er­ous than re­quired un­der the Ed­u­ca­tion (Scot­land) Act 1980.”

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