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Home to School Transport Appeals

Report of the Executive Director, People Services

Minutes:

7.1

Verbal Appeal BR/01

 

 

7.1.1

In attendance were the appellant and Andy Tierney (Customer Services).

 

 

7.1.2

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

 

 

7.1.3

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.BR/01).

 

 

7.1.4

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.

 

 

7.1.5

The appellant explained to the Committee the reasons for the request for a home to school travel pass for his son.

 

 

7.1.6

In response to questions raised by Members, the appellant stated that although it was parental choice for his child to attend the school, he took the decision for his child to attend the school along with his friends from the feeder school they had attended.  He also felt that in the current economic climate, his child should be given a home to school travel pass as over the next five years, there would  be a burden on the family to pay bus fares.  Finally, the appellant stated that he knew other families in a similar situation to him who had been granted a pass, and felt that the Council’s policy was flawed, he did not, however, provide any details so his comments could not be confirmed or disproved.

 

 

7.1.7

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

 

 

7.1.8

RESOLVED: That the appeal be not upheld on the grounds that there are no exceptional circumstances demonstrated and, having regard to the Council’s Home to School Transport Policy, the school that the pupil is requesting a pass for is not the catchment school (Case No.BR/01).

 

 

7.2

Written Appeal SH/01

 

 

7.2.1

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.SH/01).

 

 

7.2.2

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

 

 

7.2.3

RESOLVED: That the appeal be not upheld on the grounds that there are no exceptional circumstances demonstrated and, having regard to the Council’s Home to School Transport Policy, the school that the pupil is requesting a pass for is not the catchment school (Case No.SH/01).