People given more time to comment on potential changes to free school transport in Merthyr Tydfil

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A consultation on potential changes to post-16 school and college transport in Merthyr Tydfil has been extended until July 19. In February the council approved a recommendation to carry out a public consultation exercise on possible changes to the provision of free transport for post-16 learners in Merthyr Tydfil with a view to exploring potential efficiency savings.

The council said that as a result of ongoing austerity measures it had seen a reduction in its core budget for 2024/25 with further cuts expected in the coming years. Free post-16 transport is a discretionary service that the council is not legally required to provide.

The council currently provides free transport to post-16 pupils attending Coleg Y Cymoedd (Aberdare, Ystrad Mynach), Bridgend College (Pencoed Campus), The College Merthyr Tydfil, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and St John’s Baptist Church in Wales.

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The cost of this service is approximately £96,774.00. The council is considering options to reduce these costs of providing post-16 transport and would like people’s views on the ways in which this could be done and what the impact might be. To get all the latest Merthyr Tydfil news straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

In considering making any changes, the council said it was paramount that it sought the views of pupils, parents/carers, schools/colleges, Merthyr Tydfil residents and other key stakeholders on any proposed changes and also to seek any alternative proposals which had not yet been considered. People can contribute to the consultation online via the council web pages at www.merthyr.gov.uk or paper copies of the consultation can be obtained upon request from post16transport@merthyr.gov.uk

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the consultation drop-in at Soar is postponed until further notice.