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Consultation on proposed changes to Dudley's Transport Policy for children and young people

Consultation on proposed changes to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Transport Policy for children and young people, specifically the Travel Assistance Policy for children and young people attending school / college: Age 4+ to 16 and the Post-16 Transport Statement.

Purpose of the consultation

This consultation document sets out the proposed changes, with effect from September 2022 and in relation to the academic year 2022/23 onwards, that Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Dudley LA) is considering making to its Transport (Travel Assistance) Policy for children and young people.  

As this proposal would impact children and families across the Borough, Dudley LA is required to consult a range of stakeholders and this consultation will be for a period of 90 calendar days.

The aim of the consultation is to provide the communities and individuals potentially affected by these changes with an opportunity to consider the proposal and submit a response, through a range of mediums, whilst complying with guidelines issued by Central Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the processes followed during this consultation may be subject to change.

 

Consultation document and alternative formats

The consultation document and appendices are available below in the download section.

Translation into other community languages and Easy Read versions of the consultation document are available to download below.

Alternatively you can request hard copies and also large print and audio version from:

Executive Support Team – Children’s Services Directorate

St James’s Road

c/o The Council House

Priory Road

Dudley, West Midlands

DY1 1HF

Commissioning.Dachs@dudley.gov.uk

01384 814200

Deadline for comments

All responses to the consultation must be received by 6 June 2022

Ways in which you can respond to the consultation

You can send your response to this proposal by:

or

 or

  • By telephoning 01384 814200

 

Alternatively, you can post your response by completing the feedback form (included within the consultation document available in the download section below) to:

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSES

Executive Support Team – Children’s Services Directorate

St James’s Road

c/o The Council House

Priory Road

Dudley DY1 1HF

Your responses will be co-ordinated by this team.

Service Director

Helen Ellis

Service Director SEND, Education & Family Solutions

Consultees/Stakeholders

  • Local pupils and students in primary and secondary schools and colleges

  • Parents and Carers of those pupils and students

  • Dudley Parents and Carers Forum (PCF)

  • Local Mainstream Schools (primary / secondary)

  • Local Mainstream and Special Colleges

  • Special Schools (Dudley LA maintained)

  • Other Mainstream and Special Schools and Colleges currently accommodating local pupils and students

  • Independent Special Schools and Colleges currently accommodating local pupils and students

  • Community Groups across Dudley

  • Local voluntary sector organisations

  • Dudley Council for Voluntary Services and its members

  • Neighbouring Local Authorities

  • Schools Forum Members

Consultation events

We will be arranging a number of consultation events over the course of the consultation period with stakeholders and these will be a mixture of virtual and physical meetings.

We will be holding sessions specifically for: 

  • Dudley Parent Carer Forum
  • Parents and Carers
  • Early Years Providers
  • Primary and Secondary Schools 
  • Colleges
  • Special Schools 
  • Learning Disability Partnership Board
  • Autism Partnership Board
  • Children and young people with Special Educational needs and or a Disability
  • Children and young people

In addition we are also targeting specific areas that have been identified as part of our Equality Impact Assessment that may potentially have a greater impact on young people and families. Therefore we will be hosting bespoke sessions in the following wards:

  • Upper Gornal and Woodsetton
  • Halesowen South
  • Cradley and Wollescote
  • Castle and Priory
  • Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews
  • Gornal and Woodsetton

Dates, times and venues will be posted here and communicated extensively to all relevant stakeholders.

 

 

Cabinet Committee and Children and Young People Scrutiny Committees

The decision to organise and conduct statutory consultation on the proposals to change the Home to School Transport Policy was agreed at the Council’s Cabinet Committee on 15 December 2021 (agenda item 6).

The proposed changes to the Home to School Transport is also being discussed at the council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee on 14 March 2022(agenda item 6).

Timeline

Dudley Council is seeking views of a range of stakeholders across the Borough and elsewhere regarding these proposed changes by taking the following steps:

  • 8 March 2022 Consultation opens
  • 6 June 2022 Consultation closes
  • End of June 2022 Consultation response report developed
  • 14th March 2022 Dudley LA’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee
  • July 2022 Dudley LA’s Cabinet – Decision
  • 1st September 2022 Implementation, if approved