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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room A,Town Hall, Blackpool FY1 1GB

Contact: Yvonne Burnett  Senior Democratic Services Adviser

Items
Note No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:

 

(1) the type of interest concerned; and

 

(2) the nature of the interest concerned

 

If any member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

 

2.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD ON 12 FEBRUARY 2019 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting held on 12 February 2019 as a true and correct record.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 February 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

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3.

HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT APPEAL pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To consider an appeal lodged in connection with the provision of assistance for home to school transport.

 

(This item contains personal information regarding the appellant, which is exempt from publication by virtue of Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered an appeal that had been lodged in connection with a decision taken by officers within the Children’s Services Directorate not to provide assistance with home-to-school transport.

 

Mrs L Rowbottom presented the case on behalf of the Authority.

 

The Appellant was in attendance at the meeting.

 

Also in attendance at the meeting were Mrs Goodall, Head of Corporate Legal and Miss Burnett, Clerk to the Committee.

 

The Committee carefully considered all the information submitted by the appellant and the Authority both in writing and verbally at the meeting and took into consideration the appellants’ personal circumstances and the reason for the change of home address. 

 

The Committee considered the appellant’s reasons for wanting assistance with home-to-school transport costs and acknowledged her willingness to change the eldest child’s school and her reluctance to separate the younger siblings.

 

The Committee noted that the specified walking distance for a child under the age of eight from a low-income family was two miles and that at the time of application places were available for the two younger children at a qualifying school closer to the family home.  However, due to personal reasons it had been parental preference for the appellant’s younger children to continue to attend Kincraig Primary School following the family move.

 

The Committee was aware that the walking distance to Blackpool Aspire Academy was under the walking distance of 2 miles, as per the policy for a child aged 11-16.

 

The Committee gave careful regard to the appellant’s circumstances and after carefully considering all the evidence before it, the Appeals Committee was satisfied that the decision not to provide assistance with home to school transport costs was made in accordance with the Council’s Home to School and College Transport Policy.

 

Resolved:

To uphold the officer’s decision not to provide assistance with home to school transport costs on the grounds that the decision was made in accordance with the Council’s Home to School and College Transport Policy and did not consider that there were sufficient special circumstances or considerations to override the policy.

 

Background papers:  Exempt

 

 

 

4.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING - 10 JUNE 2019

To note the date of the next meeting as Monday 10 June 2019 at 10.00am.

Minutes:

Resolved:  To note the date of the next meeting as 10 June 2019.