Is it right to charge learning and physically disabled young people for transport to schools when able bodied children get transport free?
Politically I'd have thought this was a 'no brainer' but apparently Lancashire County Council seem to think it's a good idea. Under their proposed new charging policies they're bringing in, disabled young people needing specialist transport to and from school are to be charged up to £1,200 a year for transport they've previously had free. This is apparently justified as it will help to make them more independent - not.
If you're an able bodied person who lives over 2 miles from school mostly you get transport paid for by the County Council.
I didn't quite believe it when I found out about this and was worried it might be someone misunderstanding and trying to paint things blacker than they were, but it really is true. In response to the formal consultation, the parents of young people affected are asking for this to be rescinded and are prepared to go to the Equality and Human Rights Commission if need be - I really do hope the politicians see sense and continue providing free transport before this happens. Being disabled is already more expensive than being able bodied. The people providing services for them shouldn't be making it even more expensive - and certainly not on the grounds of encouraging independence!