North Yorkshire school transport costs set to increase by 33%

Gazette & Herald: School transport costs set to increase by 33% School transport costs set to increase by 33%

UP to 1,800 students across North Yorkshire are facing a 33 per cent rise in what they pay to get to schools and colleges after councillors agreed controversial increases for over-16s.

Youngsters starting further education courses this September will have to pay £480 instead of the existing £360 for home to school transport as North Yorkshire County Council battles to cut costs in the face of Government budget cuts.

Parents and students had called on the council to think again.

Nearly 300 had replied to a consultation on the increases with 83 per cent objecting, many protesting that children will have no choice but to stay on at school until they are 18.

They also feared the increases were unfair, especially on people living in rural areas. Many were concerned that students would be less likely to stay on at school and more families would face financial hardship.

One parent said: “I am appalled that any charge is made for mandatory education. As with university charges this is the thin end of the wedge and a disincentive for families and students to add value to their lives and the country’s prosperity through education. It is a retrograde step. Do not do this.”

Another parent said: “This proposal is outrageous. £360 a year is enough, never mind more. What about reductions for families with more than one child at college?

"Now it is compulsory for over-16s to attend college or training this is an unfair charge. How are they supposed to get there? Pollute the atmosphere and clog up the roads travelling by car every day?”

But the increases were agreed by the council’s executive committee. Free transport will be provided for vulnerable groups and charges will be reduced by half for families on low incomes.

About £950,000 is currently spent subsidising school transport for the over-16s. The council said it needs to reduce that to £550,000 as part of across-the-board reductions in budgets of nearly £94 million by the Government.

Coun Arthur Barker, executive member for schools, said: “Most other authorities are making charges, many in excess of what we are proposing. We are working with schools and colleges to avoid increasing charges in the future.”

Further increases up to £600 could come next year if they cannot agree with schools and colleges to use subsidies and bursary funds.

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10:38am Wed 26 Feb 14

Saywhat says...

Ridiculous, but then the council are not "for" the residents of York and surrounding areas, they are all for the tourists who come for a few days in the year. Any ideas raised by the council (who are elected by the public), should be put to the public first, and the majority vote (in this case would be a resounding 'no'), should be the outcome. CYC are quite willing to spend money on things like the arts barge and other tourist attractions, but seem unable to look after their own citizens. Appalling - as usual.
Ridiculous, but then the council are not "for" the residents of York and surrounding areas, they are all for the tourists who come for a few days in the year. Any ideas raised by the council (who are elected by the public), should be put to the public first, and the majority vote (in this case would be a resounding 'no'), should be the outcome. CYC are quite willing to spend money on things like the arts barge and other tourist attractions, but seem unable to look after their own citizens. Appalling - as usual. Saywhat
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10:40am Wed 26 Feb 14

Whistlejacket says...

Obviously people don't want to pay for something that they were getting for free. However, they have to realise that there are costs associated with their decision to bring up children.
I contribute towards their Child Benefit. I also subsidise their education.
Would it be too much much to ask that they pay their own transport costs rather than asking me to stump up again?
Obviously people don't want to pay for something that they were getting for free. However, they have to realise that there are costs associated with their decision to bring up children. I contribute towards their Child Benefit. I also subsidise their education. Would it be too much much to ask that they pay their own transport costs rather than asking me to stump up again? Whistlejacket
  • Score: 8

10:49am Wed 26 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

no room for comments on the fulford road traffic fiasco.no mention of the micklegate traffic lights being inoperative since SATURDAY.sorry to hijack this forum but ycc are taking the mickey even more.if laying one pipe across the road can cause this mayhem then what will the germany beck development do.traffic queued from fulford rd over the bridges onto bishopthorpe rd and the other way past crockey hill and also into naburn.WORK DURING THE NIGHTTIME FFS.
no room for comments on the fulford road traffic fiasco.no mention of the micklegate traffic lights being inoperative since SATURDAY.sorry to hijack this forum but ycc are taking the mickey even more.if laying one pipe across the road can cause this mayhem then what will the germany beck development do.traffic queued from fulford rd over the bridges onto bishopthorpe rd and the other way past crockey hill and also into naburn.WORK DURING THE NIGHTTIME FFS. roskoboskovic
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12:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

CHISSY1 says...

Walk or run,thats what we had to do years ago.
Walk or run,thats what we had to do years ago. CHISSY1
  • Score: -6

1:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

MadHaxMan says...

Posters please note - this is an NYCC decision. Nothing to do with City of York.
Posters please note - this is an NYCC decision. Nothing to do with City of York. MadHaxMan
  • Score: 18

7:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Devilsadvocate2 says...

We used legs as transport in my school times !
We used legs as transport in my school times ! Devilsadvocate2
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2:15am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
no room for comments on the fulford road traffic fiasco.no mention of the micklegate traffic lights being inoperative since SATURDAY.sorry to hijack this forum but ycc are taking the mickey even more.if laying one pipe across the road can cause this mayhem then what will the germany beck development do.traffic queued from fulford rd over the bridges onto bishopthorpe rd and the other way past crockey hill and also into naburn.WORK DURING THE NIGHTTIME FFS.
Would you be saying the same if you lived by that junction on Fulford Road.... trying to sleep in your bed whilst at 3am you are kept awake by DAGGADAGGADAGGADAGGA
DAGGADAGGADAGGA of a pneumatic jackhammer, the BEEPBEEPBEEP of concrete trucks reversing, the drone of several diesel compressors running...?

"if it doesn't affect my sleep then work at night and keep other people awake so I can drive when I like without having to add more time to my journey - don't cause me hassle but cause other people hassle instead" - right??
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: no room for comments on the fulford road traffic fiasco.no mention of the micklegate traffic lights being inoperative since SATURDAY.sorry to hijack this forum but ycc are taking the mickey even more.if laying one pipe across the road can cause this mayhem then what will the germany beck development do.traffic queued from fulford rd over the bridges onto bishopthorpe rd and the other way past crockey hill and also into naburn.WORK DURING THE NIGHTTIME FFS.[/p][/quote]Would you be saying the same if you lived by that junction on Fulford Road.... trying to sleep in your bed whilst at 3am you are kept awake by DAGGADAGGADAGGADAGGA DAGGADAGGADAGGA of a pneumatic jackhammer, the BEEPBEEPBEEP of concrete trucks reversing, the drone of several diesel compressors running...? "if it doesn't affect my sleep then work at night and keep other people awake so I can drive when I like without having to add more time to my journey - don't cause me hassle but cause other people hassle instead" - right?? Magicman!
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