All meetings of the Council have been suspended until the Covid-19 related restrictions are lifted.
Culford residents may have noticed that the telephone box is now empty
Suffolk County Council is implementing changes to its School Travel Policy taking effect from September 2019. We have written to all schools with information about the policy change and how it will affect them. For your reference please see below the detail of the policy change and how it may affect schools in your area.
Statutory School Age School Travel Policy:
Children living in Suffolk who will be starting at a new school in September 2019 will be eligible for SCC funded school travel when they are over 2 miles (under 8 years old) or 3 miles (over 8) walking distance from their nearest suitable school that would have had a place available for them. This would be whether or not an application was made for a place at that school. Full details about SCC funded school travel, including additional arrangements for low income families and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com/schooltravel.
The new policy is being phased in. This means that children who receive Suffolk County Council (SCC) funded school travel in the 2018/2019 school year will continue to receive this whilst they continue to attend the same school unless they turn 8 years of age and live between 2 and 3 miles from their current school, or move house at which time eligibility would be reassessed.
In the first year of change to the new school travel policy this will impact on those starting or moving school with effect from September 2019. We are unable to be specific about the impact, until we complete the normal admissions rounds for September 2019. The national offer days for school places are 1 March 2019 for secondary/upper allocations and 16 April 2019 for Primary/middle allocations.
For those starting at secondary/upper schools in September 2019, parents will be informed if their child is eligible for SCC funded travel by 30 April 2019. Information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s receiving school. If parents do not hear from us by this date and believe their child is eligible for funded school travel, they should contact the Customer Service Team on 0345 606 6173 or email them at email@example.com. For primary/middle schools for school year 2019/2020, parents will be informed by 14 May 2019 and need to contact us as soon as possible after this date if they think they might be eligible. Again, information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s receiving school.
Beyond September 2019, changes will continue to be implemented as each year group starts a new school or a family move to a new house.
For transport in September 2019 and all future years families whose child/ren are eligible for SCC funded school travel will need to opt in to receive their transport.
This important change means that all parents will have to opt-in by 31 May each year for school travel to be provided in the following school year as this will no longer be provided automatically.
Police are issuing a reminder to motorcyclists across Suffolk that they have the opportunity to improve their riding skills and to have better awareness and ability while on the road at ‘Safe Rider’ motorcycle workshops, which begin next month.
Suffolk SAFEKey has reunited £80,000 worth of lost keys to their rightful owners. On average it costs £500 to replace keys on a fob, whilst membership to Suffolk SAFEKey is £12 a year and can help protect your keys. Over 10,000 people have joined this Constabulary led scheme, to find out more visit www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk or call 08444 121 802.
Motorcyclists across Suffolk are being given the opportunity to improve their riding skills and to have better awareness and ability while on the road at ‘Safe Rider’ motorcycle workshops to be held in 2019.
Make sure you are home and property is secure. We would like to encourage you to check that your home security is the best it can be. Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will search a neighbourhood for homes that look empty or dark, with access to back gardens. They also look out for windows that have been left open and unlocked doors.
Thieves are predominately looking for jewellery or cash to steal. We would like to remind you to check your security when you leave home or go away and use the guidance below to help keep your home secure:
There have recently been several reports of stolen credit card details being used to purchase goods in-store. The offenders will distract staff after the amount has been entered into the card payment device and then key in the stolen card details rather than using the chip and PIN facility. If staff do not check the signature that is then requested, the offender is able to leave the premises with the fraudulently obtained goods. Please use the following advice to reduce the risk of fraud occurring.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following two incidents in the east of the county.
There is currently a vacancy on the council for West Stow.