Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 5TH NOVEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 9TH OCTOBER, 2012
"411 TO REVIEW THE COST OF ANNUAL PASSES FOR DEDICATED MAINSTREAM SCHOOL TRANSPORT (DDS)
The Director stated that where pupils were not entitled to free school transport by virtue of distance, it may be possible if places were available, to purchase direct from the Council a pass that would allow travel on the dedicated contracted school bus. However, this option was not available on “Fare Paying” school buses as these season tickets were purchased direct from the bus operator, who retained the revenue.
The report outlined that the current charge for the pass was £180 per pupil for a full academic year with officers recommending that it be increased to £225 from the start of the academic year 2012/13 as the current charge had not been increased for some five years. As a result of these charges the current rates were not in line with charges on Fare Paying school buses and were significantly below the commercial fare pattern. It was noted that applications already received would be honoured at the current rate.
During discussion concern was expressed as to the perceived substantial increase for passes, however it was noted that these had not been increased for some five years. Having considered the report it was subsequently agreed that the recommendations contained within the report be endorsed with an additional recommendation as detailed below.
(1) T H A T the report and the proposed increase in the cost of passes sold for use on dedicated school transport services from £180 to £225 per academic year per pupil be noted.
(2) T H A T the proposed increase, at (1) above be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for consideration, it being noted that an increase would be applicable to all purchased transactions received after the proposal was approved.
(3) T H A T in future the passes be reviewed on an annual basis at the same time as the annual fees and charges review is undertaken for the Directorate.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) To seek the views of the Committee.
(2) To bring the charge for the passes in line with a comparable charge on the “Fare Paying” school buses for those not entitled to free school transport.
(3) In order to ensure an appropriate review of fees and charges is undertaken.
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 9th October, 2012