Current situation regarding home to school transport

By on 18/07/2013 in News

Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said:

“Birmingham City Council is facing severe financial pressures due to cuts from central government and we have to make difficult decisions, including reviewing our home to school transport policy.

“We are now implementing the policy approved by cabinet for new starters in September this year, and are consulting on the implementation for current users.

“But I must stress that while our old policy was far more generous than statutory requirements and it did need to change, and we are now in step with most of our neighbouring authorities, the change should have in no way affected disabled children.

“I recently became aware of concerns at Uffculme special school about the implementation of the new policy, in particular three cases where children were wrongly told they would not be given free transport. These decisions have now been overturned and I have asked for all refusals to offer door-to-door transport across the city to be reviewed.

“The decisions not to offer specialised transport are in no way consistent with the policy agreed by cabinet and an investigation is underway as to how inappropriate refusals were made in the first place.”

Any concerned parents should get in touch with the home to school transport team on 0121 303 4425 / 2450 / 4955.

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