Future of transport for teens in education will be transformed thanks to consultation

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A consultation has been launched to transform the travel support available to young people aged 16 to 18.

Herts County Council is urging people to share their views on its proposals to fund school and college transport while developing teens’ ability to travel independently.

The consultation affects students in full-time education and training aged between 16 and 18, and up to 19 and beyond if they are continuing a course started before the age of 19. This also includes those with learning disabilities.

Five proposals are being put forward, based on the council’s pledge to support families on low income who need most assistance.

The council’s director of education and early intervention Justin Donovan said: “There remains an ongoing pressure on the county council to reduce its spending.

“We want to ensure that we provide the right level of travel support to those young people who are most in need, so that they can continue to participate in full-time education and training.

“We committed to promoting sustainable travel – including the offer of the concessionary SaverCard Scheme which enables young people to gain discounted travel on buses across Herts – to a choice of schools and colleges. It is keen to ensure that as many young people as possible plan their travel arrangements, so they can access their school, college or training provider place using sustainable travel.”

The consultation runs from 22 April to 21 July 2014. Click here to add your views.

Feedback from the consultation will be considered by the county’s Enterprise, Education and Skills Panel in the autumn. The panel will make recommendations to Cabinet, who will determine the future transport policy in October.

It is expected the new policy will be implemented by September next year.