Next Step For Teacher Parking Charge Plans

Swansea Council's Cabinet to assess proposals next week.

Swansea Council is considering charging teachers to use their school car-park.

It's one of the local authority's money-saving ideas as part of wider budget proposals.

As public consultation on the idea has now ended, the plans move onto the next stage - and assessment by Swansea Council's cabinet on Thursday 15th February.

If given the green light, we've been told, the proposal will go to full council for a final decision on 1st March.

What we know of the plans so far

Each primary or comprehensive would be able to decide whether or not to introduce a fee, if the plans come into fruition.

Any money raised would stay in the school's own budget.

There would be no set fee - schools would be able to decide what to charge depending on staff wages. 

The charges could be brought in from 1st April 2018.

Swansea Council says the idea was brought in to help schools raise additional funds.

Council Statement

Swansea Council has released a statement saying: 'Due to ongoing austerity the money we receive from Government has again been cut in real terms and we have to find in excess of £20m in savings next year so face some very difficult decisions.

'As part of our wider budget consultation we asked schools, teachers and their unions for their views about introducing a modest charge for on-site parking bringing them in line with many other council workers.

'The proposal made it clear all money raised would be kept by individual schools and charges would be on a sliding scale dependant on income to protect lower paid staff.

'No decision has been made. 

'All views will be taken into account when final budget proposals are prepared in the coming days but the cabinet is aware of the strength and depth of feeling about this proposal.

'Despite the very challenging financial situation Cabinet proposals will include an increase in funding for education in excess of £3m in the coming year as well as around £150m of investment in new schools and facilities.'

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