Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning Decisions - Tuesday, 9 June 2020 3.30 pm

Venue: Remote

Contact: Joss Butler 

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

          i.        Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

         ii.        Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

     

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

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PROCEDURAL MATTERS

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2a

Members' Questions

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    The deadline for Members’ questions is 12pm four working days before the meeting (3 June 2020).

     

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2b

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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    Decision:

    A response to the two public questions was published in a supplementary agenda on Monday, 8 June 2020.

2c

Petitions pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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    Notice of petition

     

    Received from Mr Trevor Dale, 222 signatures.

     

    Cranleigh C of E Primary School has been seriously neglected in terms of building fabric for many years. The roof has major leaks and windows do not adequately seal. Children and staff have been subjected to hazards and threats to safety, health and well-being for far too long. The current site has excellent space for outdoor play and educational activities including a small pond with aquatic life for experiential learning. There is ample space for building additional facilities to bring the existing infant’s school onto the same site thus providing considerable savings in staff and running costs. The sale of the infant’s site would provide money to fund the improvements which are long overdue.

     

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    Decision:

    A response to the petition was published in a supplementary agenda on Monday, 8 June 2020.

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Charging for Home to School/College Travel Assistance for Post 16 learners with SEND pdf icon PDF 126 KB

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    The purpose of this report is to ask the Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning to re-consider the introduction of charging for Post 16home to school/college travel assistance for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are beginning new courses in academic year 2020/21, and for young people with SEND who are continuing courses in academic year 2020/21.  On 28 November 2017, the Cabinet agreed a draft policy document which contained a provision which provided for charging a contribution towards home to school/college travel costs for eligible young people with an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) aged 16-18 but decided not to make the charge in the 2018/19 academic year. This was subject to review.  At the same time, Cabinet also delegated to the relevant Cabinet Member all decisions relating to its implementation.

     

    The Cabinet Member is now asked to reconsider the matter and to agree the implementation of charging for post 16 SEND transport, agree the levels of charging and to agree in broad terms the level of need that may warrant any charges being waived. The levels of charging for 2020/21 are set out in paragraph 13, and the mitigations for those young people or families in severe financial hardship in paragraphs 16-20of this report.

     

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    Decision:

    The Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning considered and took into account the rationale for the implementation of charging a contribution for Post 16 travel assistance for SEND learners and the recommended charging levels, the equality impact assessment as well as the mitigations for young people or families in severe financial hardship and

     

    1. agreed to the implementation of charging for Post 16 travel assistance for learners with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who are deemed eligible;

     

    1. agreed to the proposed charges for academic year 2020/21, which are the same as for eligible Post 16 learners without an EHCP, and which are:

    2.1       £547.20 for learners whose families are in receipt of the maximum Working Tax Credit and /or who continue to meet the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals; learners in care; care leavers; those on Income Support/Universal Credit in their own right; disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in their name, or

     

    2.2        £756.20 for all other learners;

     

    1. agreed the circumstances when the Council will consider delaying, reducing or waiving contributions for young people or families in severe financial hardship and the process for dealing with any such applications. 
    2. noted and agreed minor grammatical amendments to the Council’s Home to School/College Travel and Transport Policy which was published in February 2020 (paragraphs 21-22).