Agenda

County Council
Thursday, 12th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

Contact: Denise Fitch  03000 416090

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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2.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in items on the agenda

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3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2019 and, if in order, to be approved as a correct record pdf icon PDF 317 KB

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Chairman's Announcements

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Questions pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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6.

Report by Leader of the Council (Oral)

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Brexit Preparedness - Kent County Council Update pdf icon PDF 370 KB

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Reform of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) pdf icon PDF 618 KB

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Treasury Management Annual Review 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 331 KB

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10.

Motion for Time Limited Debate

Removal of peak time restrictions to the Disabled Person's Bus Pass

 

Proposer: Ian Chittenden    Seconder: Ida Linfield

 

Background information

 

At present, holders of the Disabled Person’s Bus Pass in Kent are restricted to being able to travel between 9:30am and 11:00pm on weekdays (off-peak). However, in Wales, Scotland and some parts of England, such restrictions do not apply. Research by the charity Scope shows that those living with a disability face additional costs of £583 per month on average, and that disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed. See note 1 below. By removing the current peak time restrictions within Kent, it would make it more affordable for people with disabilities to travel for work or medical appointments, while promoting use of public transport.

 

Motion

 

“The Council requests that the Head of Public Transport enter into negotiations with the bus operating companies with a view to removing the peak time restrictions under the terms and conditions of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for both the Disabled Person's Bus Pass and Disabled Person + Companion Pass in Kent.

 

The Council supports removing restrictions on disabled travel and asks the Cabinet Member to put the necessary measures in place with effect from April 2020, subject to approval of the necessary budget implications at the County Council meeting in February and satisfactory outcomes from negotiations with bus operating companies.” (See note 2 below.)

 

 

 

Footnotes:

1.    Disability Price Tag policy report 2019: https://www.scope.org.uk/campaigns/extra-costs/disability-price-tag/

  1. The annual cost to Kent CC would be dependent on take-up and negotiation with the bus operators. Based on the analysis of West Sussex CC and Surrey CC, this is estimated to range between £330k and £500k.

 

 

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FOR INFORMATION ONLY - NOT FOR DEBATE

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Corporate Parenting Panel - minutes for noting pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 May.

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