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 changes in support for students
from LIF and post-16 students receiving link transport from rural
addresses to their post-16 placements
15.1 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 Low Income Families (LIF) and Further Education Link transport provision from the 2016/17 academic year.
15.2 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 2016/17 academic year.
i. to withdraw the current offer of free or subsidised travel (travel passes, travel grants, free places on school coaches) for 16-19 year old sixth form or college students from low income families;
ii. to cease provision for a small number of 16-19 year old students who live in rural locations and who receive free ‘link transport’ to the nearest suitable bus stop or train station ; and
iii to retain 25% of the former budget (£60k) to provide a hardship fund, for access by the most disadvantaged young people, in order to ensure that they can still get some support to help them get to sixth form or college.
15.3 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.
Report author: Hannah Matthews
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Date of decision: 12/11/2015
Decided at meeting: 12/11/2015 - Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness