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Are you and your children affected by inadequate school transport?

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I am concerned about the inadequate travel arrangements for secondary school pupils living in Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn who attend Llanishen High School.

When the Lib Dem administration decided to close Llanedeyrn High School, they refused to allow Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn pupils to be considered for Cardiff High School, the nearest alternative English medium County School, which is within walking distance of most Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn residents. Instead they were directed to go to Llanishen High School.

At the time a concession was made to lay on dedicated free transport for a transitional period. This free bus service ended in July 2016 and the Education Service currently charge £350 per pupil for 39 weeks a year for this dedicated bus service. This is not a cost that can be recovered from either in-work or out of work benefits so nearly £10 a week per pupil is a very high cost for unemployed and low income families, particularly if they are having to pay for more than one child. 

I am campaigning for a fairer, affordable system for all pupils to be able to travel to school in the easiest, most sustainable way.

If you are affected by this school transport problem and live in Cardiff Central, please get in touch by Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales, or calling 02920 256 255.

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Jenny Rathbone | Assembly Member for Cardiff Central

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