Decision details

Post-16 Home to School Transport Charges 2021-22

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To set the agreed contribution charge for post 16 home to school transport for the academic year 2021-22.

Decision:

That the contribution rate for post-16 home to school transport be increased by 3% (from £600 to £618 per annum) for the 2021/22 academic year which will be published in the Post-16 policy statement for 2021/2022.

Reasons for the decision:

For Students over the statutory school age (end of Year 11.) the local authority can use discretionary powers to facilitate transport assistance; these arrangements do not have to be provided free of charge as is the case with eligible statutory pupils.
The current contribution fee (£600 per annum with a 50% reduction for low income families) was reviewed last year. This decision was subject to call in by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, however due to other circumstances beyond our control, this could not be presented and heard until after the declaration day of 31st May 2019. Overview and Scrutiny Committee, on 12 June 2019, agreed with the Director and Executive Member and directed that the fee for the 2020/21 be set at £600 with yearly reviews to ensure a more graduated approach.
The authority has considered that, if the recommendations are accepted, they have universal application and therefore no adverse impacts upon any person or groups who have protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Alternative options considered:

The following options were rejected:
•Increase to £630
•Increase to £660 to bring North Yorkshire to the median point on the charging table of County Councils.

Publication date: 16/03/2021

Date of decision: 16/03/2021

Effective from: 24/03/2021

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