Agenda

County Council
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Mo Seedat - Tel: 0116 305 2583  Email: mo.seedat@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Webcast.

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFpwBLs6MnUzG0WjejrQtQ

 

1.

Chairman's Announcements.

2.

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 10 July 2019. pdf icon PDF 337 KB

Additional documents:

3.

To receive declarations by members of interests in respect of items on this agenda.

4.

To answer questions asked under Standing Order 7(1)(2) and (5).

5.

To receive position statements under Standing Order 8.

To consider reports of the Cabinet, Scrutiny Commission, Scrutiny Committees and other bodies:

6.

Reports of the Cabinet.

6a

Minerals and Waste Local Plan. pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Additional documents:

6b

Local Code of Corporate Governance. pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Additional documents:

7.

Report of the Constitution Committee.

7a

Review and Revision of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Additional documents:

8.

To make appointments in accordance with item 11 of Standing Order 4.

8a

To note any changes to the membership of the Cabinet made by the Leader.

9.

To consider the following notice/s of motion:

9a

Post-16 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Transport - Dr T Eynon.

a)    That this Council notes that: -

 

i)             Education, Health and Care Plans extend responsibility to plan education for Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) pupils to age 25 and places responsibility on parents and carers to ensure their child attends the agreed placement;

 

ii)            To assist parents and carers in meeting these responsibilities, this Council is progressing a capital programme of £30million in SEND education provision with the aim of increasing SEND provision in Leicestershire thereby reducing the number of young people with SEND travelling long distances or to out of County schools;

 

iii)           The Council’s statutory requirement for students aged 16-18 years old with a disability is to prepare a transport policy statement which specifies the arrangements which are necessary to ‘facilitate attendance’ taking into account a list of factors. There is no requirement to provide transport and Personal Transport Budgets (PTB) can be used to meet the Council’s statutory responsibility under Section 509AB of the Education Act. In relation to students who are 18-25 years old with a disability, the Council is under a duty to provide free transport where this is necessary to facilitate attendance under Section 509F of the Education Act 1996;

 

iv)           For post-16 students the Council has discretion to determine what transport is necessary and has planned to achieve this via a default offer of a PTB.  This policy is currently paused until September 2020;

 

v)            Before the policy implementation was paused, the responsibility for securing transport provision for Post 16 students was devolved to parents but some were finding it difficult to source suitable providers or transport their own child and this would have impacted on their and their child’s quality of life; this issue will return when the policy is reintroduced in September 2020;

 

b)    This Council therefore supports the parents and carers involved in the Leicestershire based ‘Close the Loop Campaign’ who are campaigning to make home to school transport for pupils aged 16-25 with SEND a fully funded statutory requirement for all local authorities and will work through the Local Government Association and with local MPs to raise this issue with relevant Government departments, whilst identifying the costs of making this requirement fully funded.