Posted: Thu 14th Jun 2018

Updated: Mon 24th Sep

Council to consider removing free travel for religious and Welsh medium schools

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 14th, 2018

Thousands of children could be affected as a local authority considers whether to end free transport for those attending religious and Welsh medium schools.

Flintshire Council’s cabinet is also set to consider whether to withdraw discretionary travel for pupils whose parents receive benefits, as well as those in post-16 education, with costs currently mounting to more than £2m.

In a report going before councillors next Tuesday, the council has put three options forward, including to introduce charges, stop the services in their entirety or keep them as they are.

It said it had identified several areas where free transport is currently being provided ‘over and above’ its existing policy.


It estimates that taking pupils to Welsh medium schools currently costs it £490,000 per year, while transport to faith schools is billed at £435,000.

Meanwhile, it says it spends more than £1.2m on free transport for college and sixth form attendees, but no figure was attributed to providing travel for those in receipt of benefits.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “Any changes in transport policy would require consultation and would require cabinet to consider the views of key stakeholders in their consideration and determination at a future cabinet meeting.

“Additionally, an implementation period is required which would result in the earliest implemented of any proposed changes being September 2020.”

Currently 720 pupils in the county receive free transport to Welsh schools, with the same number for religious schools.

As of November 2017 there were also 1,900 college and sixth form pupils in receipt of free travel.

The council has noted that making savings on Welsh-medium transport could lead to it contravening its own Welsh language policy.

It said it would carefully consider any changes, and pledged to assess the impact on low income families, as well as those with more than one child.

By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter



Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com

LATEST NEWS...

RSPCA Cymru fears for animals as lockdown cancels public events prompting more DIY firework displays

News

National ‘set of rules’ in Wales to replace local lockdown measures following two week fire break

News

Controversial plans for almost 100 new homes in village near Mold rejected amid widespread opposition

News

Welsh businesses urged to check their eligibility for lockdown grant funding

News

Third phase of Economic Resilience Fund is now open for applications

News

Wales reports 37 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours – the highest number in more than 6 months.

News

Animal rescue charity’s plea for help regarding former Flintshire animal sanctuary

News

Day Five – Deeside personal trainer’s advice for keeping fit during firebreak lockdown

News

Flintshire primary school uses technology to ensure pupils have their say

News