21 January 2014 in Resources


[posted on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council]


North Yorkshire County Council is committed to savings of £92m by the end of March 2015. Following recent announcements by the government over future funding it now needs to find a further estimated £77m between 2015 and 2019. The council proposes to make a £400k reduction in the budget for post 16 home to school and college transport as part of this savings target.


To this end the Executive Members for the Children and Young People’s Service have decided on an open and wide consultation including with parents, schools, and colleges on a proposal to achieve the first £200k of the savings target. It is proposed that this would be achieved by increasing the charge for post 16 transport from the current charge of £360 per annum to £480 per annum. The new higher charge would apply to those starting a course at a college or school sixth form from September 2014. Young people part way through a course would continue to pay the existing rate.  


It is proposed that in some circumstances free transport would apply to vulnerable young people including: students with special needs; looked after children; young people who are living on their own and young carers. It is also proposed that the charge will be reduced by 50% for students whose families are on low income and students who are young parents on low income, and who could provide evidence of a means tested benefit.  


It may be necessary to further increase the charge from September 2015 to achieve the remaining £200k saving but the council would try to avoid this by working with schools and colleges to further develop local post 16 transport arrangements. We will be starting discussions with schools and colleges later in the year to explore options.


The full consultation document can be found by following the link below. We would welcome your comments by the closing date of Friday 6th December 2013. www.northyorks.gov.uk/26571 

21 January 2014 in News

The government is planning big changes to the way support is given to children with special educational needs (SEN) in England. The changes are in the children and families bill, which is going through the final stages of parliamentary process at the moment.

The draft SEN code of practice has been published for consultation. Have your say and help influence how services and support in your area are provided. The consultation closes on 9 December 2013.

Please follow this link for information and ways to consult.





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