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Chance to tell council what you think of school transport changes

Wednesday, 9th February 2011.

Suffolk residents will soon have their say on a number of proposals relating to home-to-school transport arrangements in the county.

A consultation will begin on Monday, February 14, and end on Friday, February 25.

Much of the home-to-school transport Suffolk County Council provides is to children and students who are entitled to it by law.

These proposals will only affect transport arrangements that are provided at the council’s discretion.

These include post-16 transport arrangements, transport arrangements for children who have special needs, Roman Catholic transport arrangements and discretionary transport arrangements.

The costs of existing home-to-school transport arrangements in Suffolk are significant and in the current financial climate Suffolk County Council has to identify savings across all of its departments.

Cllr Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services, said: “Over the past two years, a lot of work has been carried out to make our home-to-school transport arrangements more efficient. However, in these extremely challenging financial times we have to make savings wherever possible.

"This consultation gives parents, students and other people the chance to give us their views on the proposals that have been put forward. To help as many people as possible get involved we have provided a number of different ways for people to give their views.”

Online surveys and further information about the proposals will shortly be available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/hometoschooltransport2011. Hard copy versions are available by calling 0845 606 6173. All views must be received by Friday March 25.

Comments received as part of the consultation will be used to compile a final report which will be considered by the council's cabinet with any revisions to home-to-school transport policies introduced from the school year 2011-2012 onwards.

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