Agenda and minutes

Venue: CH1:01 - County Hall, Preston. View directions

Contact: Iris Winn  Tel: (01772) 537986, Email:  appeals@lancashire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

None.

Minutes:

CC A. Cheetham

2.

Constitution: Chair and Deputy Chair; Membership; Terms of Reference and Programme of Meetings

To be confirmed.

Minutes:

To be confirmed

3.

Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the Agenda.

Minutes:

None were disclosed.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd of June

Minutes:

Resolved: That; the Minutes of the meeting held on the 03rd June 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record and were signed by the Chair.

 

5.

Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the Minutes, the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency. Wherever possible, the Chief Executive should be given advance warning of any Member's intention to raise a matter under this heading.

Minutes:

None received.

6.

Date of the Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Committee will be held at 10.00am on the 2nd September at County Hall in Preston.

Minutes:

It was noted that the next meeting of the Committee would be held at 10.00am on Monday 2nd September 2019 (unless notified otherwise), County Hall, Preston.

 

7.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Committee is asked to consider whether, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, it considers that the public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that there would be a likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the appropriate paragraph of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972 as indicated against the heading of the item and that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the press and public be excluded from the meeting under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, during consideration of the following item of business as there would be a likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the appropriate paragraph of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972, as indicated against the heading of the item.

 

8.

Student Support Appeals

(Not for Publication – Exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972.  It is considered that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interests in disclosing the information).

 

Please note that due to the confidential nature of the information included in this report it will not be published on the website.

Minutes:

(Note: Reason for exclusion – exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972. It was considered that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information).

 

In considering each appeal the Committee examined all of the information presented and also had regard to the relevant policies, including the Home to Mainstream School Transport Policy for 2016/17, and the Policy in relation to the transport of pupils with Special Educational Needs for 2013/14.

 

Appeal 4528

 

The Committee were  informed that a request for transport assistance had initially been refused as the pupil a year 9 student would attend a school 7.48  miles from the home address as opposed to the nearest suitable school which was 7.19 miles from the home address. The family were appealing to the Committee on the grounds that they had extenuating circumstances to warrant the Committee in exercising its discretion and award transport that was not in accordance with the Council's policy or the law.

 

In considering the appeal the Committee noted that the appellant was appealing on the grounds that that the family live in a rural area down a private road and that whatever school the pupil attended this private road would have to be used to access to the main road network.  The committee further noted that the appellant states that they would not now wish to move the pupil from the school attended because they had now done their GCSE options and had established good friendships with their peers and also with the staff of the school attended so moving school was not an option at this stage in the pupils career.

 

The committee noted that the appellant had sent in maps to evidence their point that they considered to school attended to be the closer school which was noted by the committee.

 

The committee also noted the e-mail sent by the appellant to state that they required the committee to note further comments from the appellant to section 4 and 5 made by the officer in the schedule.

 

However the committee noted that although the appellant stated in the e-mail dated 30th May 2019 that they wished the committee to consider these additional points in relation the authorities' schedule that the appellant had not signed the schedule.

 

 

·  This is to certify that I have been provided with this version of the schedule which summarises my appeal in respect the Pupil prior to the appeal being considered by the Student Support Appeals Committee.

 

Please note: unsigned appeal schedules will not be considered by the Committee and will delay the process further.

 

Therefore, having considered all of the appellant's comments and the officer responses as set out in the Appeal Schedule, application form and supplementary evidence the Committee could therefore not consider the appeal until the appellant had signed the schedule as required by the Local Authority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.