Consultation on Hampshire County Council’s Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23

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Consultation on Hampshire County Council’s Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23

Hampshire County Council is seeking residents’ and stakeholders’ views on its proposed Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23.

See the current Post-16 Transport Policy. The County Council is required by law to consult on its Post-16 Transport Policy every year.

Change to the parental contribution

It is proposed to increase the parental contribution amount (explained in Section 3, page 2, of the current Post-16 Transport Policy) in line with inflation (set at 2.7%). The proposed charges are shown in the table below:

Distance to travel 2021/22 annual charge 2021/22 termly charge Proposed 2022/23 annual charge Proposed 2022/23 termly charge
 Up to 5 miles* £600 £200 £616.20 £205.40
 5.01 to 7.5 miles* £831 £277 £853.44 £284.48
 7.51 to 10 miles* £1,164 £388 £1,195.43 £398.48
 Over 10 miles* £1,330 £433.33 £1,365.91 £455.30

*The Distance to Travel is measured from the allocated pick-up point to the education establishment, measured using GIS mapping software.

Additional wording to eligibility section

Additional wording to Section 10 (Page 3) of the Policy, clarifying the current situation that Post-16 Transport eligibility is reassessed annually for users of Post-16 Transport:

Please be aware that eligibility for transport assistance is re-assessed annually and a new transport application is required each academic year if assistance is still required. If the student’s personal circumstances change within an academic year, their eligibility for transport assistance will also need to be re-assessed.

Reduction in distance expected to walk

Amendment to the text in Appendix 1 (page 12) to reduce the distance that those receiving Post-16 Transport would be expected to walk between their home and their transport pick-up and drop-off point from 1.5 miles to 1 mile.

Clarification of transport times

Amendment to the text explaining that that transport is arranged based on college start and finish times, rather than the student’s college timetable, and that the transport may be shared with other transport users.

Existing text: Where appropriate, the transport arrangements may include a waiting time at the start or end of the day.

New text: The most economic form of transport available will be provided and the expectation is that students will share transport and the drop off. Collection arrangements are made in line with the college start and finish times. Transport is not able to take into consideration individual student’s timetable and where appropriate, the transport arrangement may include a waiting time at the start and/or end of the day.

How to have your say

This consultation is open from 11 January 2022 and closes at 11:59pm on 21 February 2022*.

If you would like to comment on the proposed changes to the Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23, or give feedback on the potential impacts that this proposed policy could have on you, users of Post-16 Transport, people you know, or your organisation, group or business then please email school.transport@hants.gov.uk You can also post your comments to:

Home to School Transport Team
QEII North, Winchester
SO23 8UG.

If you require a paper copy of the 2021/22 Post-16 Transport Policy, if you require it in another format, or if you have any queries about the consultation, please contact school.transport@hants.gov.uk or call: 0300 555 1384**.

* Please note that responses received after this time will not be included in the consultation findings.

**Calls from a landline will be charged at the local rate, although mobile phone charges may vary.

Privacy Notice

Hampshire County Council is seeking your feedback on its proposed changes to the Council’s Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23. The information you provide in your response is being collected for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest in the exercise of official authority vested in the County Council, and for reasons of substantial public interest. We will use the information to understand views on, and impacts of, proposed changes to the Post-16 Transport Policy for 2022/23. All data will remain within the UK and will only be shared with third parties where they are undertaking data processing on behalf of Hampshire County Council. We will keep your personal information securely for one year, after which it will be deleted or destroyed.

You have some legal rights in respect of the personal information we collect from you. Please see our Data Protection page for further details. You can contact the County Council’s Data Protection Officer at data.protection@hants.gov.uk. If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.