Have your say on changes to Post-16 school transport charges

A consultation is open for people to have their say on possible changes to school transport charges for some students.

 
Last updated:
29 September 2017

People are being asked for their views on possible changes to school transport charges for some sixth form and college students.

Most West Sussex students will not see any changes to their travel arrangements.

The proposed increase will affect 325 students where the county council arranges their transport, for example by coach.

These students currently pay £427 towards the cost of their transport. The proposal is to raise this to £600 to bring the cost in line with the cost of contract coach places and the price of an equivalent journey on public transport. It also brings the cost in line with what students in most other counties pay.

Students with special educational needs and disability (SEND) who do not pay transport charges because of a low family income will not be affected by any changes.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is a consultation to enable people to have their say. No decisions have been made and we would like to hear people’s thoughts on these changes before we make a decision on the way forward.”

The council has a statutory duty to provide assistance with transport to eligible pupils in the county, but it does not have a legal responsibility to provide free transport for Post-16 students.

A bursary is available for students from families on a low income to help with education costs, including transport. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is open to all students, whether they have SEND or not, and is administered by each college or school.

The majority of students walk, cycle, or pay for their own travel to school or college. Many students also use commercial bus and train operators’ student discounts which have been set up in partnership between the county council and transport operators.

The consultation will run until Thursday 19 October and can be accessed here.

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