Walsall Council propose to stop Post 16 Transport for Vulnerable Special Needs Students.

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Problem
Withdrawing transport for 16-19 years old would deny and discriminate against many of our students.It would also place an untenable strain on the already stretched school budget.The school could not provide a service to any student without the funding made available by educating 16-19 year old students.
Without transport parents/carers of these special needs students would be placed under even more stress. Resulting in some parents having to give up their jobs in order to transport their child into school thus increasing the burden on welfare and social care which is already a stretched service.
These students make up over half of the total school population, therefore without their funding there would be no Mary Elliot so where would they go?

Solution
Leave the transport budget as it is at present and find different areas to cut back on if this is a necessary requirement for the councils budgets.

Personal story
Mary Elliot is the only school in Walsall that caters for the needs of the most vulnerable young people in the surrounding area. These students require transport to access school and education which includes life skills. Withdrawing transport for 16-19 years old would deny and discriminate against many of our students.It would also place an untenable strain on the already stretched school budget.The school could not provide a service to any student without the funding made available by educating 16-19 year old students.