Paying for school transport - fair or not?

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  • JamoLew
    JamoLew Posts: 1,800 Forumite
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    edited 4 September 2020 at 12:19PM
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    MNrhubarb said:

    As for why they cannot get a job, have you done A Levels? It's still pretty much full time education, try getting a job in a rural location that fits in with school hours. 

    Been there - done that - no problem
    Paper round
    Lawn cutting
    Petrol station attendant
    Casual farm labouring
    Rural communities - theres always someone looking for someone to do something
    Plenty of options
  • Barny1979
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    MNrhubarb said:

    As for why they cannot get a job, have you done A Levels? It's still pretty much full time education, try getting a job in a rural location that fits in with school hours. 


    What about the weekend?
  • MNrhubarb said:
    Thanks @fairyclairethehare - that is my point exactly. Education or training is now compulsory until the age of 18. When education became compulsory up to the age of 16 public authorities were required to help with transport and there are circumstances whereby this is provided free of charge. This is from GOV.UK

    All children between 5 and 16 qualify for free school transport if they go to their nearest suitable school and live at least:

    • 2 miles from the school if they’re under 8
    • 3 miles from the school if they’re 8 or older
    As the law has been updated to ensure training or education provisions for under 18s, surely the above should be extended to all children between 5 and 18 based on the qualifiers? 
    2-3 miles is not unreasonable for a 16 year old to cycle
    You can leave school at 16 to go into an apprenticeship or traineeship or start working 20 hours a week while in part time education/training. If your son wants to work at 16 he can, so long as the training is available
  • theoretica
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    I would expect many parents of younger children would be delighted if the portion of childcare they needed to pay came in at less than 800 a year.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • tizerbelle
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    Funny how if it's not about your circumstances you have only become concerned about this government policy decision now - when the requirement to be in education or training was extended to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015.
  • MNrhubarb
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    Ok I will leave this thread now. I don't think I need to justify any of my personal circumstances. @tizerbelle I didn't realise that the school transport policy had not been updated until it affected me. Why would that come as a surprise?

    I suppose I should be grateful for an education at all and yes, I am sure jobs are plentiful in all the places where you good folks live and the roads perfect for cycling. And of course I should be grateful because lots of other people are in worse situations and there are starving children in Africa so why should we care at all about these first world problems? I will go back to clutching at my pearls and blaming all the immigrants ;)
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    MNrhubarb said:
    Ok I will leave this thread now. I don't think I need to justify any of my personal circumstances. @tizerbelle I didn't realise that the school transport policy had not been updated until it affected me. Why would that come as a surprise?

    I suppose I should be grateful for an education at all and yes, I am sure jobs are plentiful in all the places where you good folks live and the roads perfect for cycling. And of course I should be grateful because lots of other people are in worse situations and there are starving children in Africa so why should we care at all about these first world problems? I will go back to clutching at my pearls and blaming all the immigrants ;)
     Contact https://contact.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns-research/school-transport-inquiry/#
     Is currently in talks to get this policy updated as it effects disabled children a lot. All of whom get free transport. Must stay in education till 18 and most don't have other options of alternatives Education or training due to needing specialist education. 
  • [Deleted User]
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     You are aware taxes pay for millions of children to get to school every day if they live more than 3 miles from the school or are disabled? 

      Your comments are offensive. You know nothing of the OPs situation BE NICE TO MONEYSAVERS 
  • MNrhubarb
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    @giraffe69 you have no idea what my circumstances are so get off your judge throne. I started this questioning government policy, I did not invite a witch hunt. Please read _shel's post after mine - the government policy affects many children who are compelled to continue with training or education and receive no help with transport costs. I quote the campaign site she linked to "It is grossly unfair that the law says a young person is expected to be in school or training until 18 but does not have the right to transport to enable them to get there once they turn 16."

    And you are wrong. I pay with my taxes for not just my offspring to go to school but everyone else's too. I also help pay for their transport costs through the taxes that I pay. So looking at it that way, I am being asked to keep him in education/training that I help pay for and pay more to get him there even though my taxes already pay for the school transport. 

    I ask that you are mindful of the fact that there is a human being behind these posts who you don't know. You have no idea of my circumstances. I did a general post about school transport and have not asked for this. But I do ask that you stop. Please.
  • KeithP
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    MNrhubarb said:
    My argument is that children who had valid reasons to get free school transport now have to pay. 
    Perhaps those in power think that providing free school transport for those of a younger age is the right thing to do.

    Could it be that the County Council, or whoever provided that free service, think that those people staying on to do A-levels are perfectly capable of making their own way to school?
    Someone else mentioned cycling. Have you looked into that? Could easily be cheaper than the bus.
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