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Home to School Transport Appeals

Report of the Executive Director, People Services

Minutes:

6.1

Verbal Appeal KI/EC01

 

 

6.1.1

In attendance were the appellant, the appellant’s daughter, an interpreter and Andy Tierney (Customer Services).

 

 

6.1.2

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked attendees to introduce themselves.  He then outlined the procedure which would be followed during the meeting.

 

 

6.1.3

The Executive Director, People Services, submitted a report and commented upon a case where the parent had appealed against the administrative decision made by the Executive Director with regard to the refusal to grant a home to school travel bus pass (Case No. KI/EC01).

 

 

6.1.4

Andy Tierney explained the Stage 1 review and Stage 2 appeals process regarding the City Council’s Home to School Transport Policy.  Mr. Tierney informed the Committee of the reasons why the request for a home to school travel pass had been refused at Stage 1.

 

 

6.1.5

The appellant, through her daughter and the interpreter, explained to the Committee the reasons for the request for a home to school travel pass for her child.

 

 

6.1.6

In response to questions raised by Members, the appellant’s daughter  stated that she had made the original application for her brother to attend the school as he had no family or friends attending one of the three qualifying schools.  She added that he was a quiet child with very little self-confidence and he had family and friends at the school applied for and would only need to travel on one bus to get there.  The applicant added that her child was settled at school.  The Committee were informed that the zero fare bus pass had been granted in error the previous academic year, as were a number of other applications.

 

 

6.1.7

At this stage in the proceedings, the appellant left the meeting to enable the Committee to consider the evidence.

 

 

6.1.8

RESOLVED: That the appeal be upheld on the grounds that there are exceptional educational and health circumstances in the case (Case No.KI/EC01).

 

 

 

(NOTE:  In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 26 of the Council’s Constitution and the provisions of Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the Chair decided that Case No. KI/EC01 be considered as a matter of urgency in order for the request to be considered at the earliest possible opportunity although it had not been possible to give five clear days’ notice that the request was to be considered).

 

 

6.2

Written Appeals – HI/HO01 and CO01

 

 

6.2.1

The Executive Director, People Services, submitted reports and commented upon two cases where parents had appealed against the administrative decisions made by the Executive Director with regard to the refusal to grant home to school travel bus passes (Case Nos. HI/HO01 and CO01).

 

 

6.2.2

The Committee gave consideration to all the supporting information and evidence provided by the pupils’ parents and, arising therefrom, it was:-

 

 

6.2.3

RESOLVED: That the appeals be upheld on the grounds that there are exceptional educational circumstances in the cases (Case Nos. HI/HO01 and CO01).