Croydon Conservatives - A Croydon to be proud of
News & Local Issues
Videos Videos
In Touch Newsletters
Parliaments & GLA 
Ward Teams 
Boundary Review 2018 
Croydon Central
Croydon South
Croydon North
Conservative Future
National Site
Get Involved
Privacy Policy & Cookies 
 Selected story in full
24 February 2014
New providers ready to step in to provide SEN transport from tomorrow

Following the announcement last week that Ruskin Private Hire, a provider of transport to school for pupils with special educational needs, has gone into administration, Cllr Tim Pollard updated council on the work to ensure that pupils receive the service they need and deserve.

He told the council that officers have worked tirelessly to ensure that new contractors are primed and ready to  provide the service from tomorrow, when most pupils return to school after half term.

The full text of the statement is below:

Ruskin Private Hire has been one of the contractors we use for school transport for pupils with significant levels of Special Educational Need.  We use a number of contractors so this contract affects only a proportion of transported children. 

We were advised at the beginning of last week that Ruskin Private Hire had been placed in administration. We were advised by the administrator that they were going to continue trading while seeking to sell Ruskin as a going concern. Officers worked hard to support the administrator in this endeavour due to the service and commercial benefits of this plan, whilst in parallel continuing to mobilise our contingency plan.

We were notified late Thursday evening that unfortunately no agreement had been reached with a prospective buyer and the business would close.  The Council’s business continuity plan was enacted and contingency arrangements were being put in place. This affects 255 children on 59 routes.

Today 96 of the affected children required transport to school.  The Council was able to secure transport provision for 87 of those children.  The majority of the transport was on time.  We are only aware of one parent who declined to put their child on the transport provided which we are working with the parent to ascertain why?  Tomorrow when 149 children return to school after some school INSET days today, we have secured transport for 100% of children.  To support Ruskin staff we have signposted them to the new providers and we are aware that some staff have secured positions with the new providers.

I would like to thank Council staff for their hard work in ensuring such a strong position, and school staff and parents for their support and understanding in helping to manage this transition. 

Printer-ready version
Return to Previous Page
 Meet your local team
Meet your local ward action team here
 Contact Us
Please do contact us with any issues or concerns you may have. We answer all our constituents' correspondence and value your comments. If you want your concern addressed by your local team, please follow the link above.
020 8660 0491
© Copyright Croydon Conservatives 2000 - 2018