Consultation on transport budget cuts

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YOUNGSTERS and their parents living in North Derbyshire are being asked for their views on plans to cut £700,000 from the county’s transport budget for children and young people.

A proposed new policy has been drawn up which covers transport to school and other places of learning, transport for young people post-16, travel to school or for short breaks for disabled children, and transport for children in care.

The council has pledged to ensure all children under 11 receive transport to school, whereas the national guideline age limit is eight, but higher fees are proposed for older children not entitled to free transport but who use school buses.

Coun Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for education, said: “We want to hear the views of as many people as possible. The policy aims to make sure we are providing a fair service, getting value for money and promoting independence for young people.”

The eight week consultation has started this week. People can log onto the council’s website view to comment on the proposed changes.