THEY ARE AT IT AGAIN! THIS TIME DEVON TORY CUTS HIT Post-16s COLLEGE ACCESS

July 20, 2016 11:35 AM

In a report to Devon County Council cabinet on 13 July, Conservative councillors agreed to remove the current automatic entitlement to transport for post-16 students.

Alan King, business manager at Okehampton College, has told the council that the new policy could lead to existing school buses running with empty seats that sixth formers could be using. He added:" On the point that parents can provide or arrange lifts for their post-16 child, can we ask if this is a serious option or simply an alternative suggestion someone at County Hall thought of? It is true that most of our families do have access to a private car but for the majority it is one car per household and this is used for the main breadwinner to get to travel to work".

The hardship caused by the new rules is the real concern for Councillor Alan Connett and the Liberal Democrats who fear it will now be almost impossible for young people to get help from the County Council if they need to get to college for their studies.

"This is a re-run of the axe the council planned to take to the county's lollipop school crossing patrol service and does nothing to support Devon youngsters getting to school", added Cllr Connett.

Unless there is another Tory U-turn the new policy is due to start in September next year, 2017.