Council ploughs £540k into transport for disabled school children

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A council has announced it is spending £540,000 of its budget on vehicles for disabled children and residents and the elderly.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said it is replacing its fleet of wheelchair-accessible minibuses partly in response to a 31% increase in pupils with with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who require organised transport.

A report by the Bathchronicle outlined how the council will be spending £180,000 to replace two vehicles this year and a further £360,000 in 2017/18.

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The council is also targeting new accessible Mercedes minibuses for 2019 and 2021, according to the report.

A council report reads: “As a result of the new managed replacement plan, we will be in a position to arrange for the future replacement of the fleet to be spread out over a seven year period and therefore negate the issue of having a large number of vehicles of exactly the same age in the fleet. Furthermore this ensures that we are more flexible in the future to adapt in line with any further changes that come forward.”

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