Bucks School Transport Conversation Via Facebook
7:52am 8th July 2011
A facebook "conversation" on the future of home to school transport for pupils under 16 has been launched this week by Buckinghamshire County Council.
The informal discussion which is planned to run for two months until the end of August on the Council's facebook page, "Our Buckinghamshireâ", allows residents and families to submit and discuss views and ideas about how they would like future home to school transport policy to be shaped. It follows on from a series of debates between parents and Mike Appleyard, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills held across the county in June.
Mike Appleyard told mix96 "I want to take every opportunity to reach out directly to families and pupils who are likely to be affected by changes made to the policy. As part of this, I am also keen to start a facebook conversation to help me shape a policy which is fairest for most people."
Mike added: "Unfortunately, we just cannot continue to fund the cost of school transport over and above what we are obliged to do by law as we have always previously done; along with most other local authorities there are huge financial restraints on us. Savings of Â£3m need to be made from the school transport budget over the next four years. Clearly, I know I canâ€™t please everyone in this process as circumstances will inevitably be different within each family, but I want to do what works best for most people."
Last month (June), The Council announced it would postpone charging for home to school transport for new Year 7 pupils until September 2012, to allow more time to consider and model the impact of a number of local issues which arose during the consultation.
You can join in the facebook conversation by posting comments HERE
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