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SALFORD COUNCIL CONSULTS ON CUTTING TRANSPORT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS NURSERY AND COLLEGE KIDS
 

Star date: 31st October 2017

PARENTS MAY BE CHARGED £510 PER YEAR TO GET CHILDREN TO NURSERY OR COLLEGE

Salford City Council has launched a consultation on cutting transport for nursery and college goers with special education needs, or SEN. The future could see parents charged £510 a year towards transport for those with education, health and care plans (ECHP); or to find their own way to college on public transport; or to use "personal budgets and support to create their own travel plans".

Children with SEN using transport to go to schools will be unaffected. The consultation runs until 8th December. Last year, Deputy Mayor, John Merry promised "There are no proposals to change people's arrangements."

Full details here...


In February 2016, Deputy Mayor, John Merry, met parents of disabled children who were distraught after seeing a cuts of £120,000 in the SEN (Special Education Needs) transport budget...

"There are no new cuts and no changes to what is provided to you" he promised "There are no proposals to change people's arrangements." (see previous Salford Star article - click here).

Forward wind to today, and there are now definite proposals to 'change people's arrangements'...

Salford Council currently provides free transport, pre and post school, for young people with Special Education Needs – but now this is almost certain to change with the Council today launching a consultation on cuts to the service.

In the consultation, parents and carers of children who have education, health and care plans (ECHPs) are being asked their views on 'contributing' towards the transport to the tune of £510 per year.

Others of college age, who don't have ECHPs, the Council states, will be offered "travel training in using public transport", while "Other students who cannot use public transport could be offered personal budgets and support to create their own travel plans". Transport for school age children won't be affected...

 "Salford is one of the few authorities in Greater Manchester which currently provides free transport pre and post school and we have been proud to continue that for as long as we could" says Councillor John Walsh, Executive Support for Children's and Young People's Services "However, with 47% of our central government funding cut since 2010, £186 million already taken from our budget and further significant cuts to make this year we have no alternative but to reduce costs.

"Sadly that could mean asking parents and carers to now make a contribution towards the cost of transport, bringing us into line with other councils in Greater Manchester" he sighs "If these changes go through, we will work with children, students and their families to assess their individual circumstances. No-one will be deprived of nursery or post 16 education because of these proposals.

"Under the proposals, we are also looking to expand the range of support given to include more young people under 16" he adds "Travel training has worked very successfully with many adults and has opened up new jobs and volunteering opportunities for them. If it can benefit more young people we can open up a world of new possibilities for them and reduce the council's transport costs.

"Obviously not all young people will be capable of travelling independently or using public transport, even with support" he reveals "Our proposals for those young people are to offer a personal budget and work with them and their family to create an individual travel plan that suits their needs. This is all about making sure everyone can continue in education or training."

It's also about following the cuts to transport for adults with disabilities with cuts to young people's transport.

The consultation runs until 8th December – for further details and responses click here

Felse 4 Truth wrote
at 09:29:39 on 02 November 2017
Consult - Salford Council - pull the other one. What we need is to stop cutting local services and cut the early death rate instead. I hear the U.K. 65 age is the new 40 but in Langworthy average death comes at just 70. I am determined to get the truth and the health grants into Langworthy for longer life.
 
wrote
at 17:49:25 on 01 November 2017
What we need to raise money and avoiding cuts to services is a FELSE TAX. He pays £1 every time he comments on the site, £1 for every URGE or DEMAND, £1 for every mention of his tutoring,his other properties or going on holiday and £5 for every time he is going to stand for councillor or Mayor, volunteer to run something for free or changes party again. Soon Salford will have the best services in the country and the streets will be paved with gold.
 
Truth 4 Salford wrote
at 08:51:01 on 01 November 2017
Thank you to the comment writers on here who tell the truth. I also say No more cuts. Pull in the wealthy developers cash. Maximise in the £millions of grant money. Put wheels of the Salford wagon and stop making fake excuses. But are Salford Council listening. Well if the Labour do not win Langworthy the Salford Council in 2018 will see the truth has come to bite their bums like a Halloween demented Wolfman. Michael J. Felse.
 
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at 05:23:46 on 01 November 2017
When are salford council going to stop making cuts to the services they provide to the vulnerable in our community and start targeting those who can actually afford it. Such as all the developers that have been let off with millions in fees in recent years. Think the council also need to come up with another line for trying to justify their proposed cuts to services and stop blaming everything on the "£186 million taken from us by the Tory/coalition government". It really is getting a bit boring now!
 
Linny loo wrote
at 05:23:30 on 01 November 2017
It is time for cuts to hit the council chamber this Council should hang their heads in shame. Labour council cutting more services to vulnerable residents of Salford. It's time they lost their seats remember the cuts when you go to the pollster this so called caring council who vow to protect and support the vulnerable are not worthy of the positions they hold.
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 05:22:46 on 01 November 2017
God,can this Labour council go any lower.yes Mr Mayor you can find the cash to keep the bloody stadium afloat.pay £300k for a new toy.make sure the stinking rich, get richer.maybe if you started taking 106 monies for local areas it would save you a bob or two then you wouldn't need to hit the most valuable people in salford,again and again.you have proven one thing,you can't be bloody trusted.What's that saying "you all pee in the same pot"
 
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