Independent Review planned for Home to School Transport in Brighton and Hove – PaCC UPDATE
It was a difficult start to the autumn term for many parents whose children rely on Home to School Transport to get them to and from school. Problems arose following changes in the way Home to School Transport is run which involved a new tender going out to multiple taxi companies with multiple new routes. Children and young people faced issues including inadequate transport or no transport at all. This was not in line with the feedback given by parent carers at engagement meetings prior to the summer holidays.
Following this and with feedback from the SEND community, Brighton PaCC released an emergency position statement and crisis plan.
As a result of this, an Independent Review will be held in January 2020. This review will be carried out by an Independent reviewer, a member of the Contact team (formerly Contact A Family). Additionally, a cross party panel of Brighton & Hove councillors will consider the review, look into what went wrong so that solutions can be developed to help avoid any future crisis.
PaCC are keen for parent carers to get involved with the review and co-produce a set of recommendations going forward. We will be in touch to let you know the dates of focus groups to be held next early next year and we hope to see you then.
You can view the latest Home to School Transport briefing from Brighton & Hove City Council.
You can find out more about Brighton & Hove PaCC including how to join at https://paccbrighton.org.uk/