Proposed Decision is to:
· To reduce the subsidy to the standard pass
· To introduce changes to the application/purchase process for the pass.
The Young Persons Travel Pass (YPTP) is a discretionary scheme, providing subsidised bus travel for Kent students in years 7 to 11. The scheme, which is accessed by 24,000 students, has been reviewed in light of funding and demand pressures.
It is proposed that from the 2019/20 academic year there will be a reduction in subsidy of £60 for those who purchase a standard pass. This reduction in subsidy will reduce the net cost to KCC by £800K.
There will be no changes to the current offer in respect of:
Current yearly or half yearly payment options are proposed to be replaced with an annual or instalments option. For families opting for instalments, an annual pass will be issued with payments spread over 8 months if applying in June/July, and pro-rata for those who apply later. An administration charge will apply for instalment payments, with the exception for families on low incomes.
The scheme directly links to the strategic outcome of Children and Young People in Kent get the best start in life. In continuing to provide subsidised travel, parents, who would not qualify for free home to school transport will have the opportunity to select schools which meet the needs of their children, rather than just on locality.
Decision type: Key
Decision status: For Determination
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/02/2019
Decision due: Not before 27th Mar 2019 by Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste
Lead director: Simon Jones
Department: Growth, Environment & Transport
Contact: Philip Lightowler, Head of Public Transport 03000 414073 Email: Philip.Lightowler@kent.gov.uk Tel: 03000414073.
The proposed decision will be considered at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 19 March 2019.
Financial implications: It is proposed that from the 2019/20 academic year there will be a reduction in subsidy of £60 for those who purchase a standard pass. This reduction in subsidy will reduce the net cost of the scheme to KCC by £800K.
Equalities implications: An Equalities Impact Assessment will be undertaken.