Decision Maker: Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To consider proposed changes in support for
students with SEND
14.1 The Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services which sought approval to make changes to the discretionary SEND transport provision from the 2016/17 academic year.
14.2 RESOLVED to approve the implementation of the proposals set out below in order to reduce spend on the discretionary home to school transport (HTST) budget from the start of the academic year.
i. offer support to those demonstrating the ‘highest level of need’ only by introducing tighter ‘exceptions’ criteria for post-16 SEND students and offering the most cost-effective support, as set out in a post-16 SEND transport policy. This would apply only to new applicants from September 2016;
ii. increase the current post-16 transport contribution from £370 to £608 (the 2015 cost of a bus Freedom ticket);
iii. introduce a 50% rate of contribution for low income families, at £304 and
iv. introduce an annual contribution for pre-school SEND travel assistance at the same rates as post-16 travel (£608 / £304).
14.3 It is anticipated that East Sussex County Council (ESCC) will need to reduce expenditure by £70-90 million between 2016/17 and 2018/19 and all areas will need to be considered.
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Date of decision: 12/11/2015
Decided at meeting: 12/11/2015 - Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness