Lowestoft mum’s faculty transport woes for brand spanking new time period

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1:19 PM September 17, 2022



A Lowestoft mom has labelled faculty transport “a complete mess” after having to rearrange her personal journeys greater than a fortnight into the brand new time period.

It comes after plenty of taxi companies cancelled their contracts with Suffolk County Council (SCC) amid rising gas payments and employees shortages.

Previous to the beginning of time period on September 5, 39 contracts had been handed again, affecting an estimated 120 youngsters and younger individuals.

Various these youngsters have SEND (particular training wants and disabilities), together with six-year-old Connie Bond from Lowestoft.


Laura Bond with six-year-old daughter Connie


Laura Bond with six-year-old daughter Connie

– Credit score: Laura Bond

Her mom Laura Bond was solely advised about her daughter’s place at Somerleyton Major College on August 19 and, regardless of having a transport utility accepted on August 30, the 38-year-old says she continues to be having to depend on lifts from pals and public transport to get her daughter to and from faculty.

She mentioned: “The college transport system is a complete mess. 

“They’ve advised me it’d take 20 days or longer to type it out.

“I am having to get a raise within the morning from my pal, which is making her late for work.

“They mentioned I would made the appliance late and it ought to have been executed by Could 31, however how may I’ve once we solely discovered about about her place in August?

“Somerleyton was the one faculty to get again to us about her place due to her particular academic wants.”

To gather her daughter, who has Autism spectrum dysfunction, Miss Bond says she must get a prepare from Lowestoft at 1.45pm, then spend over an hour ready in Somerleyton earlier than her daughter leaves faculty and wait one other hour to get a prepare house, returning to Lowestoft at 5pm.


Suffolk County Council cabinet member for education, Rachel Hood


Councillor Rachel Hood, new Conservative cupboard member for training, expertise and particular academic wants and disabilities at Suffolk County Council

– Credit score: Suffolk County Council

Rachel Hood, cupboard member for training, SEND and expertise at Suffolk County Council, mentioned: “That is an unprecedented state of affairs and we proceed to do the whole lot we are able to to search out alternative journey for kids and younger individuals.

“It has been massively irritating for these households affected, particularly in the course of the first week of a brand new faculty yr.

“We at the moment are assembly with taxi corporations to grasp how finest we keep away from this taking place once more, whereas recognising the pressures they presently face.”

Suffolk County Council now says it has managed to scale back the variety of youngsters affected to 18 as of final week.

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