Suffolk Parents Against School Transport Policy

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Late last year Suffolk County Council announced a review of the implementation of the school transport policy. The review panel have just released their report. It identifies 19 failings with the implementation of the new policy. The report will be debated at the council's Scrutiny Committee meeting on Wednesday 12th February. We continue to call for three changes to the new transport policy (see below). These would lessen the negative impact of the policy on parents and the most affected schools, and as a consequence would make the policy easier to implement. See our blog for more details. 


The new policy:

Suffolk County Council have changed their Home-School transport policy. The changes came into effect in September. The new policy creates divisions within families and communities, and changes the catchment areas for local schools.  The new policy was introduced in order to save money, however it's not clear how it will possibly achieve this. 

Some children still get transport to school as they did last year. But others - who may live next door or even in the same family! - are being refused free transport. Instead, Suffolk intend to charge parents £750 per child per year (increasing yearly) to access what they call a 'spare seat' on the school bus. If they can't do this, the children have to attend different schools. This is divisive, cruel and unfair.

The new policy is causing stress to children and their parents, causing hardship for many families, is increasing car traffic in villages and round schools, and disrupts school catchments and school to school relationships. It due course it also looks likely to affect the bus companies and other community members who use buses to get about in our rural county.


We are campaigning for the new policy to be completely reviewed.  Meanwhile we call for three changes:

The Key Facts page tells you about the main changes in the new policy and the issues parents now face. The News page links to articles about the policy in the media. To keep up to date with our campaign please register for updates

Please Contact Us to tell us how the policy will affect your family.

Maps showing 'split villages' and 'safe walking routes' can be found here.

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Learn the lesson: Change the policy

February 13th 2020

Statement following discussion on School Transport at Suffolk County Council's Scrutiny meeting  Representatives of the Suffolk School Bus Campaign were present at Suffolk County Council’s Scrutiny meeting yesterday, to speak and hear debate on the report from the review of the implementation of the School Transport Policy. It was clear from the length and range of the debate that very many councillors share our concerns about the policy and the experience endured by parents and the transport team during the summer of 2019. It was also clear that not only is the council unable to demonstrate any efficiencies and financial savings due to the new policy, but that it is not at all clear how they will even try to do this.  The report identified 19 failings by the county council. We