Don’t dis­crim­i­nate

Rutherglen Reformer - - REFORMER VIEW -

My ma­jor con­cern with the school bus is­sue is that all our chil­dren re­gard­less of whether they come from a work­ing back­ground or a ben­e­fits back­ground should be equally en­ti­tled to safely reach their place of ed­u­ca­tion.

If chil­dren were be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against in the same way with re­gards to re­li­gion or race, this would be a crim­i­nal of­fence and would be dealt with ac­cord­ingly. There­fore why should they be dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause their par­ents work?

As for the peo­ple who came to this de­ci­sion, it would be in­ter­est­ing to see how many of them would be will­ing to walk al­most 30 miles a week to and from work.

With both of us work­ing in our house, there is no-one avail­able to drop our son off at school in the morn­ing as my hus­band, who is the only driver, starts work at 8am and his work would not be par­tic­u­larly un­der­stand­ing of him com­ing in late ev­ery morn­ing and his com­pany do not of­fer flex­i­ble work­ing.

If South La­nark­shire Coun­cil would like to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther, most com­pa­nies are only will­ing to be flex­i­ble un­til your child reaches the age of 8-10, well out­with high school age.

If we also look at the cost is­sue, many work­ing fam­i­lies have had to make cuts al­ready in these times of aus­ter­ity, and at the lat­ter end of the month strug­gle by be­fore their next salary and may find it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to find ex­tra fund­ing to get their chil­dren to school.

It makes no sense that this coun­cil will be will­ing to run buses any­way, although half empty to get a hand­ful of chil­dren to school.

Lastly, it does make you won­der what the ben­e­fit of go­ing out to work is, as this gov­ern­ment wants to make it more re­ward­ing to be in work, but I fail to see how this lu­di­crous de­ci­sion is help­ing to­ward that. Carol Per­ham ( Mother of a Cathkin High School pupil)

My son at­tends Cathkin High and in win­ter it’s al­ready dark when they leave school, es­pe­cially on a Mon­day or Tues­day when school fin­ishes at 4pm.

In my opin­ion, it’s too far for a child/teen to be walk­ing in the dark. My first thought when the cuts were an­nounced was that it is un­safe for my child.

I have emailed the coun­cil for a copy of the `safe’ walk­ing route but have not had a re­ply.

I’ve heard that it will be walk­ing up Howieshill Road, which I won’t even drive on if I can help it. The coun­cil have said that any route is only safe if the chil­dren are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. I have MS, and I can’t walk him to school.

I’m very un­happy that buses are still to be put on for those who get free school meals.

Pro­vid­ing a free ser­vice to some and then not giv­ing the oth­ers op­tions to pay for that ser­vice is a non­sense. There is no al­ter­na­tive ser­vice bus pro­vi­sion (Drum­sagard to Cathkin in our case).

I un­der­stand the think­ing be­hind the move, those who get free school meals can’t af­ford to pay for al­ter­na­tive trans­port, but there is no al­ter­na­tive for any­one to pay for.

I have no is­sue with pay­ing for a bus ser­vice. An op­tion would be to give all those means tested a free bus pass and the rest pay.

Just like what hap­pens at lunch. Yet with no buses on at all, it’s like hav­ing no cafe­te­ria at school.

Win­ter worry over­route­toschool


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