Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 5TH NOVEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 15TH OCTOBER, 2012
“431 ALN TRANSPORT SERVICE REVIEW UPDATE (CLSO) –
The focus of the ALN Transport Service Review was to consider the existing provision and policy providing home to school transport to pupils who have Additional Learning Needs (ALN) which prevented them from travelling to and from school either on mainstream transport or independently, subject to the requirements of the Learner Travel Measure (Wales) 2008. In line with Council objectives, the review group identified the following desired outcomes for the service:
· a clear policy statement on the provision of ALN transport
· a consistent approach to transport provision for ALN pupils including clarification of policy with regard to those pupils aged between 16-19 (College students), respite placements, Looked After Children (LAC) and parent mileage payments
· a streamlined service operating within the budget allocated whilst providing safe and suitable transport for those ALN pupils entitled to the service.
The review group had followed the Challenge, Consult, Compare (Performance) and Competition methodology. The review had been finalised with the following recommendations being made:
· independent travel scheme – officers to explore the feasibility of the scheme
· further corporate review required –
Ø further investigation to be made into the potential savings when arranging and procuring other forms of transport throughout the Council including consideration of a Framework arrangement
Ø consideration to be given to a further review to examine the feasibility of a centralised approach to managing transportation throughout the Council
· post 19 transport ceasing with effect from September 2012 – Members noted that had ceased with effect from September 2012
· clarification of policy arrangements for pupils aged 16 to 19 – minor amendments to be made to the procedure and policy, confirming that the ALN Transport Service only provides transport to those entitled pupils continuing to be educated at school post 16 and that Financial Services manage all arrangements for those 16 to 19 year old pupils continuing their education elsewhere
· clear policy statement completed – the adoption of the draft ALN Transport Policy as appended to the report
· respite – any discretionary transport arrangements provided by the ALN Transport Service to respite accommodation on behalf of Children Services to be funded by the appropriate service area
· 2/3 mile limit implications – the adoption of the 2/3 mile limit in line with the mainstream transport qualification criteria; where pupils lived within the 2/3 mile limit and have identified needs which would prevent from being able to travel to school independently(or accompanied by an appropriate adult) to school the Directorate might make an exception – exceptions only to be made within the guidelines agreed between the ALN Transport Service and the Pupil Support Service and to be subject to review.
Further details concerning the above were contained within paragraph 5 of the report. Appended to the report were the methodology adopted in undertaking the review, the Transport Policy statement for Learners aged 16 to 19 2012/13 and the ALN Home to School Transport Service Policy. It was considered that the above recommendations, if approved, would achieve savings of approximately £20k. Discussion ensued in particular in relation to the ALN Home to School Transport Service Policy and the section on page 5 of that policy which referred to the ALN Transport Service, specifically the third and fourth paragraphs. Members agreed that section would be better reworded to reflect the fact that whilst the matters referred to therein did not fall within the remit of the ALN Transport Service, arrangements were in place under separate policies or through the schools to facilitate the transportation of affected pupils in the circumstances indicated.
RECOMMENDED – T H A T Cabinet be requested to consider accepting the recommendations of the review and the draft policies presented as amended above.
Reason for recommendation
To deliver improvements and clarify service provision and policy.”
Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 15th October, 2012