A FINAL plea has been made for parents to have their say on cost-cutting changes to school transport ahead of today’s (Friday’s) consultation deadline.
Rotherham Borough Council is looking to reduce its annual £3.3 million bill and pupils with special needs and disabilities will be among those affected.
But only 90 families from a possible 700 have had their say on the proposals, which include training youngsters to travel independently and giving personal transport budgets for parents to make their own arrangements.
Damien Wilson, strategic director for regeneration and environment, said: “Thank you to the families who have taken the time to respond already.
“But we need to hear from as many families as possible in order to get a full picture of people’s views. These views will help inform any decisions taken at a future date.
“If we don’t have your view we cannot act on it. That is why it is vital that we hear from families their views, so we can ensure the best possible outcomes for all concerned, for children now and for future generations.”
The council says the current arrangements — including relying on expensive taxi contracts — are unsustainable as £42 million budget savings will be needed in the next two years.
Rotherham Parents’ Forum spokeswoman Jayne Fitzgerald said: “It is really important that the voice of parents, children and young people are heard through this consultation.
“I would urge all families who have not yet submitted their views to do this now before it is too late.”
Visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/consultations to give your thoughts before the 5pm deadline.