Cambridgeshire considers purchasing minibus fleet to save cash


Cambridgeshire CC is considering purchasing a fleet of minibuses to deliver school transport for children with special needs.

The move is prompted by cost cutting measures, as children across the county with special needs are currently being taken to school in taxis.

Council officers said they were investigating the potential to save money on this service by delivering it in-house using a council fleet.

Cllr Joan Whitehead, chairman of the council's children and young people's committee, said: ‘At the moment we primarily use taxis to deliver school transport for children with special needs, which costs an awful lot of money. We are considering replacing that service with our own minibuses.

‘We are just considering this at the moment. It has to be done on grounds of economy.’

The council is currently wrestling with its budget plans for 2016-2017 and overall is estimated to have to make some £120m of cuts over the next five years.

This comes after having already cut £100m over the past three years according to reports.

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