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Help requested posted on 22nd February 2016:

Charging for road safety education.

Does anyone currently charge schools for road safety education? Are there discussions going on about charging private, free and/or academy schools?

Peter Wilson

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Response posted on 23rd February 2016 by:
Lisa Graham

E: lisa.graham@calderdale.gov.uk
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Charging for road safety education

Morning Peter
We at Calderdale Council have been a trsaded service for 3 years now. We took the decision to charge when our staff salaries budgets were cut. Not supprisingly, in the first year our uptake dropped, but this has risen year on year as schools realise we cannot continue to provide a free service in these times of austerity. we now cover most of the schools we worked with prior to charging, with very good feedback. Hope this helps


Response posted on 23rd February 2016 by:
Alison Williams

E: alisonwilliamspt@warwickshire.gov.uk
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Charging Schools

Hi Peter
Yes we are now charging most of our primary schools for road safety education.
We encourage schools to sign up to the Warwickshire Road Safety Club and for a specified amount of money they receive a number of initiatives. We began charging in September so this is relatively new. However we also have a number of `priority' schools who still receive road safety education at no cost. If you would like to chat about our scheme, please do get in touch. Tel 01926 418062. Tues, Weds, Thursdays. Best regards,


Response posted on 23rd February 2016 by:
Keith Gammon

E: enquiries@buzzroadsafetyed.com
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Charging for Road Safety in Schools

Hi Peter,
I certainly do in any type of school but it's the age old argument of whether schools should get it free from a LA.
Also, my paperwork system isn't as 'protracted' as LA systems.
Hope this helps
Regards
Keith


Response posted on 23rd February 2016 by:
Allan Robins

E: allan.robins@hullcc.gov.uk
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Charging for Road Safety in Schools

Reading the comments so far charging seems to be in vogue in some parts of the Country, however as an alternative view our Council has a policy of not charging.
To add to the mix, Hull has adopted a commissioning approach to RS so the basic ped skills and bikeability are free. The contractor has a unit price to deliver this and sufficient for each of our 70+ Primary Schools. Granted any bespoke request results in me attending the school and that is free too.
I understand how colleagues in rural areas charge for bikeability in order to make it viable, but general RS?
Do the Police or Fire Service charge? Do your Public Health teams charge? I see no difference, some things are free for a reason and in RS terms it is to pay dividends in the future.
As for the austerity argument, well Hull has been one of the worst affected Councils in the UK so draw your own conclusions


Response posted on 25th February 2016 by:
Jeremy Phillips

E: jeremy.phillips@devon.gov.uk
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Mixed approach to charging

We have run a mix of commercial and free-at-the-point-of-delivery education and training for around 25 years. Schools education has been out of scope for charging to date but I see nothing wrong with it in principle. If proven need and demand outstrip our ability or willingness to provide then, as things currently stand, I would have no hesitation in looking at a chargeable service. Compare with the provision of crossing patrols for which there are a growing number of examples of user-pays models.


Response posted on 25th February 2016 by:
Peter Wilson

E: pwilson@westminster.gov.uk
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Charging for road safety education

Thank you for your responses.
The reason i asked was specifically to do with charging private schools which a couple of officers have suggested. I would like to see the service free as they do use our roads wherever they go to school but am under pressure to look to savings and income!
I will be calling to discuss this further with some of you in a few days. This challenges in some way the arguements for road safety being in the national curriculum.


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