Home to School Travel Assistance Policy Consultation

Closed 18 Nov 2023

Opened 26 Sep 2023

Overview

Our Home to School Assisted Travel service provides support to help children and young people to travel to school or college when they would otherwise be prevented by disability or need.

The service currently supports over 900 children and young people in Sutton. The service mostly supports children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who may find it more difficult to travel to their school or setting because of those needs. 

We are reviewing the way assisted travel is provided in Sutton and seeking views on how to update the Sutton Home to School Assisted Travel policy. There are two main reasons to consider changes:

Increasing costs and demand - in 2015/16, £4.2 million was spent on home to school travel assistance. This year we are expecting to spend almost £8.3 million - this is an increase of over 76%. With demand for travel assistance continuing to increase, and the cost of delivering that provision increasing, the current way that travel assistance is provided is unlikely to be affordable in the future. 

Preparation for adulthood – we want to explore more ways that young people can be supported to travel to their place of learning independently in the future. 

The consultation will run from 26 September 2023 to 11 November 2023, with a number of ways to get involved and have your say, including:

Before providing your feedback, you will need to read one of the following documents:

Consultation document (opens in a new window)

Easy read version of the consultation document and questions (opens in a new window)

If you or someone you know needs this information in a different language or format, please email consultation@cognus.org.uk or call 020 8770 5000.

To view a translated version of the consulation document online, please visit the Sutton Information Hub and select your preferred language from the range at the top of the page - the information will be instantly translated.

The survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and any responses or any personal information will not be passed to third parties. For more information on how Sutton processes your personal information please view our Privacy Notice (opens in a new window). Any comments you make may be made public on the Council's website however we will remove any personally identifiable information.

Why your views matter

We want everyone with an interest in the future of the service to take part, and want to hear from schools, parents, young people and other stakeholders.

What will happen next?

Responses from the consultation will be reviewed and summarised. A report will be submitted to the Council's People Committee on 22 February 2024. The Committee will discuss the views received during the consultation. It will consider what, if any, changes they wish to make to the Home to School Travel Assistance Policy. No changes to the policy will be implemented until September 2024.

What happens next

We will email respondents with next steps and timelines once the consultation has closed. Please ensure you provide your email address if you wish to be kept updated.

The results of this survey will be reported to People Committee in February 2024 and councillors will make the decision about which changes should be implemented in a revised policy (to start in September 2024).

Events

  • Public engagement meeting - Thursday 12 October

    From 12 Oct 2023 at 10:00 to 12 Oct 2023 at 12:00

    Creative Room, Cognus, Cantium House, Wallington SM6 0DZ

    We encourage attendees to register in advance (via https://forms.office.com/e/CcDrMZDLU9) to help us plan space and accessibility, though you are also welcome to attend on the day.

  • Public engagement meeting (online) - Monday 16 October

    From 16 Oct 2023 at 19:30 to 16 Oct 2023 at 21:00

    Online (link on Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/yzg-hngz-tbu)

    We encourage attendees to register in advance (via https://forms.office.com/e/CcDrMZDLU9) to help us plan for numbers, though you are also welcome to attend on the day.

  • Public engagement meeting - Thursday 2 November

    From 2 Nov 2023 at 10:00 to 2 Nov 2023 at 12:00

    Carew College, Church Road, Beddington, Wallington SM6 7NH

    We encourage attendees to register in advance (via https://forms.office.com/e/CcDrMZDLU9) to help us plan space and accessibility, though you are also welcome to attend on the day.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Carers
  • Children
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • General public
  • People with disabilities
  • People with learning difficulties
  • Service users
  • Stakeholders
  • Students
  • Young People

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Childrens centres
  • Early years
  • Education
  • Carers support
  • Disability