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New consultation exercise over school transport
9:10am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
PLANS to charge for home-to-school transport will go out to consultation again, despite a lack of government guidance on the matter.
Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to launch a second consultation on its plans to charge parents who don’t choose their child’s nearest secondary school for transport.
The council claimed it would eventually make an annual saving of £340,000, but the policy was shelved in July over concerns the consultation didn’t fit in with government guidelines.
New guidelines are expected from the Department for Education early next month, but last night the council’s cabinet decided not to wait for the ruling.
Admissions and transport manager Neil Darlington said: “The guidance we have is quite clear – we must consult for 28 working days.
“There seems to be no reason to believe they are going to come up with a completely different figure, so it seems reasonable to carry on.”
Labour councillor Gill Sanders added: “This has got to be a through consultation.”