Hampshire County Council currently spends over £30 million on Home to School Transport (HtST) and Post-16 transport for 15,000 students in Hampshire. The proposed changes, if agreed, would continue to meet the Authority’s statutory responsibilities but would lead to a reduction in transport services that are provided at the County Council’s discretion – above and beyond what the Authority is legally required to deliver. This currently applies to under 1,000 young people who the County Council has supported either through local policy elements that go beyond the statutory minimum, or based on a family’s individual circumstances.
The consultation on proposed changes to the Home to School Transport Service and Post-16 Transport Service is available online at www.hants.gov.uk/consultations The online consultation information pack sets out the County Council’s current position for the provision of HtST and explains the options for potential changes. Also online is a questionnaire for people to complete and make their views known.
Following the close of the consultation in March, and analysis of the responses, a report on the feedback will be prepared for the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, to consider in May 2018 - together with any resulting recommendations for changes to the Home to School Transport and Post-16 Transport Services which, if agreed, could be effective from 1 September 2018.