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County council increases transport charge for post-16 students

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 5:51pm 22nd May 2019.

North Yorkshire County Council is increasing the home-to-school transport charge for students in post-16 education by 22 per cent.

  • Transport charges for post-16 students are going up
  • County councillors have voted to increase the amount from £490 to £600
  • It says the decision hasn't been taken lightly

North Yorkshire County Council has increased its annual fee of £490 to £600 for families with young people in post-16 education.

On Tuesday (21 May) the Children and Young People’s Executive committee met to discuss changing its current annual fee. 

Councillors voted to increase the charge to £600.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said:

“We haven’t taken this decision lightly and have held the travel fee for post-16 students for a number of years to help relieve cost pressures on families, but faced with competing demands on our overall budget, we have had to make some difficult decisions on spending.” 

“Council funding for post-16 transport is discretionary, but North Yorkshire has always subsidised the cost as an important service to families.

"Many live in rural locations and travel to the nearest school or college for post-16 provision can be over longer distances than in many other councils.

“We will continue to heavily subsidise post-16 transport and low income families will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount.”

North Yorkshire County Council said it spends more on transporting children and young people to and from school than any other county in England, due to the sparse nature of some communities and long distances many students travel to school or college.

It added the current cost per year to the council per student is from £900 for a place on a bus, to £30,000 for specialist provision with passenger assistance.

It said up to £2.8 million is spent on post-16 transport provision, with the council currently receiving about one sixth of that (£0.5m) in contribution fees.

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