Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

None received

Minutes:

No apologies were received.

 

2.

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:

Case 4456 – CC Anne Cheetham non pecuniary interests.

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2018

Resolved: that the Minutes of the meeting held on the 12th March 2018 is to be confirmed as an accurate record and to be signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

Resolved: That; the minutes of the meeting held on the 12th March 2018 was confirmed as an accurate record and was signed by the chair.

4.

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:

4338d

5.

Date of the Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Committee will be held at 10.00am on the 04th June 2018 (room to be confirmed) County Hall, Preston.

Minutes:

The next scheduled meeting of the Committee will be held at 10.00 am on the 4th June, County Hall, Preston.

6.

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:

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.

 

7.

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).

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).

A report was presented in respect of 16 appeals against the decision of the County Council to refuse assistance with home to school transport. For each appeal the Committee was presented with a Schedule detailing the grounds for appeal with a response from Officers which had been shared with the relevant appellant.

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 for2017/18, and the Policy in relation to the transport of pupils with Special Educational Needs for 2013/14.

 

Please note that due to the confidential nature of the information included in this report it will not be published on the website.

Minutes:

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).

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).

A report was presented in respect of 16 appeals against the decision of the County Council to refuse assistance with home to school transport. For each appeal the Committee was presented with a Schedule detailing the grounds for appeal with a response from Officers which had been shared with the relevant appellant.

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 for2017/18, and the Policy in relation to the transport of pupils with Special Educational Needs for 2013/14.

 

Appeal 4344d

It was reported that a request for transport assistance had initially been refused as the pupils would not be attending their nearest suitable school, which was 0.24 miles from their home address and within the statutory walking distance, and instead would attend their 54th nearest school which was 5.07 miles away.  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.

The Committee noted, that the appellant is querying the fact that their eldest child was eligible for a bus pass and their younger child, the pupil, was not.  There were also logistical difficulties should it be necessary to collect children from different schools.  Both children were looked after children.  The appellant would find it hard to afford an extra £17.00 to cover the pupil's bus pass as well as their own.

The Committee also noted the Officer's comments which stated both of the family children were Looked After by the Local Authority.  The Social Worker confirmed that the elder sibling struggled at the previous school and was transferred to another school on a managed move.  They were, therefore, given assistance in the form of a bus pass to enable them to settle in the new school.  The Social Worker supported the appeal for transport assistance for the pupil.

It was noted by the Committee that the family had not supplied evidence of low income, however the pupil and their sibling are eligible for free school meals, and the Social Worker confirmed that a significant chunk of the family finances were spent on transport to school.

The Committee noted that the appellant had applied for housing in the area where  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.