Consultation on home to school transport

What we're doing

Please use the links on the right hand side of this page to take part in our survey on home to school transport.

When we're doing it?

Between 04-Sep-2017 and 22-Oct-2017

We will be

  • Asking for information
  • Giving out/sharing information

Themes

  • Customer experiences
  • Education and learning
  • Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
  • Roads and transport

Where's it happening?

Across the whole of Kirklees:

More information on what we're doing

The Council currently funds home-to-school transport in certain circumstances. We are considering changing our home-to-school transport policy and would like to hear the public’s views and ideas first.

Please use the links on the right hand side of this page to access the online consultation, or download a printable survey.

We are also holding drop is sessions:
20th September (10am -noon) - Dewsbury Customer Service Centre
21st September (2pm - 4pm) - Huddersfield Customer Service Centre

Please
Yes

What happened?

Thank you to everyone that took part in this consultation - we received 543 responses while the consultation was taking place in September - October 2017.

You can read the consultation report by using the links on the right hand side of this page.

Brief summaries of open comments questions have been provided, to give a flavour of
common themes. A full list of all comments received is available separately - again linked from the right hand side of this page.

This consultation happened in parallel to one about services for children, young people and adults, including people with disabilities. Both consultations were promoted together, as some families could be affected by proposals in each consultation.

What difference did the work make?

Findings from this consultation are being used to develop proposals for changes to transport for disabled children, adults and older people. These proposals are expected to be discussed by Kirklees Council Cabinet on 23rd January 2018.

The findings will also be used to develop proposals as we consider changing our home-to-school transport policy. Results are shared with Kirklees councillors to help them make decisions on the future of our services.

Update:
Cabinet have approved changes to the Home to School Transport service and to some support services for disabled children, adults and older people.

Key changes include:
- Changing the way that free Home to School Transport for mainstream schools is assessed. The nearest school geographically will in future be used to determine how far children need to travel to school, and whether children are therefore entitled to a free bus pass.
- Encouraging more use of independent travel training to support pupils who have additional needs with using public transport where appropriate.
- Exploring other transport options with Social Care Transport users and their families, before council-funded transport is offered.
- Families in which pupils are entitled to free school meals, or where parents are in receipt of maximum Working Tax Credits, will continue to be entitled to free Home to School Transport.

Methods of involvement

MethodHowHow many peopleStartEnd
Face to faceDrop in sessions - Huddersfield & Dewsburytbc20-09-201721-09-2017
OnlineOnline survey - link on right of pageas many as possible04-09-201722-10-2017
Paper copyIn Hudds and Dewsbury customer service centrestbc04-09-201722-10-2017

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