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Help requested posted on 23rd August 2010:

Charging for Road Safety Education

As part of reviewing the cost effectiveness of the services that we provide, we are seriously considering charging schools for some of the services that we provide.
We wondered whether you could share your findings and tell us whether this is something that your team has considered or already does?

If so, what do you charge for and how much do you charge?

Please be assured that any information provided will only be used to inform our actions and not be communicated to the wider community.

Sarah Savage
Medway Council

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Response posted on 24th August 2010 by:
Tim Draper
Leeds City Council
E: tim.draper@leeds.gov.uk
T: 0113 3952588

Charging for Road Safety Education

Sarah - We do not charge for anything other than Bikeability. It is something that I do not think schools and other education establishments would be prepared to pay for (road safety education) but please let me know if anyone is charging and how much etc. We provide child pedestrian training and all education lessons in both primary and secondary schools free of charge.


Response posted on 24th August 2010 by:
Tracy Porter
Cornwall Council
E: tporter@cornwall.gov.uk
T: 01872 327271

Charging for Road Safety Education

Hi Sarah, In Cornwall, we used to make a 50% charge for Theatre in Education. As times got better and funding became available, we removed the charge. We found at the time that the schools were willing to pay.


Response posted on 24th August 2010 by:
Robert Smith
Dorset County Council
E: r.smith@dorsetcc.gov.uk
T: 01305 224680

Charging for road safety education

Hi Sarah. You say you are reviewing cost-effectiveness - is this being linked to evaluation of the intervention? If the service/intervention is meeting your aims and objectives then it's worth funding it or at least use the evaluation as evidence to support future requests for funding the intervention. As far as charging - in the days when we used to deliver school-based road safety education or provide resources for them to use it was at no cost to the school. When I once suggested about 15 years ago that the schools might be more inclined to use the resources (and value them) if they part-funded them, I was shouted down so we didn't go there. In fact, we stopped providing a schools based service altogether as we couldn't show it was effective. Secondary schools did contribute towards TIE performances when we were offering this in years gone by and when it was very new and demand outstripped supply. We are considering a "community funded" or part-funded service for another area of RS work, where schools will be asked to consider a part-contribution towards cost (a la big society). I will let you know more once we've tested the water in September.


Response posted on 25th August 2010 by:
Richard Hall
North Lincolnshire Council
E: richard.hall@northlincs.gov.uk
T: 01724 297346

Charging for road safety education

Sarah - this issues has been raised more than once in North Lincolnshire. I do not think many schools, even in more affluent times, are willing to put money into road safety education except occasionally for specific events and possibly cycling training. We struggle to get them to pay for a bus to the Crucial Crew event here, even when the school has been in previous years and given great feedback.
Whilst a few schools, who have an enthusiasm for road safety would probabaly buy into it the majority wouldn't and the number of children/young people gaining a structured understanding and knowledge of road safety issues would drop significantly. I did prepare a list of pros and cons for charging for road safety education and training when the issue was raised here, which I will email to you.


Response posted on 25th August 2010 by:
Michael Finnegan
Meath County Council
E: srawlings@stennik.co.uk
T: N/A

Charging for road safety education

I am based in Co. Meath, Rep of Ireland, which is about 30 miles North of Dublin. We do not charge schools for services provided, but endeavour at all times to get schools to provide as much services as possible, i.e. parking facilities, school wardens, etc.


Response posted on 25th August 2010 by:
Michael McDonnell
Road Safety Scotland
E: Michael.McDonnell@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk
T: N/A

Charging for road safety education

Sarah

RSS provides free educational resources to schools via local road safety units. As far as I am aware, no Local RSU in Scotland charges for any of the services they provide to schools.

Michael


Response posted on 3rd September 2010 by:
Sue Ellis
Hertfordshire County Council
E: sue.ellis@hertscc.gov.uk
T: 01992 556806

Charging for road safety education

Hello Sarah
The only thing that we currently charge for is Bikeability training. We have in the past charged a nominal fee(to show commitment) for TIE but we have not used TIE in schools for the last 2/3 years. This issue has not been raised in Hertfordshire before but I can see that with future tightening of budgets it may have to be considered. I would think that if we were to charge there would be a reluctance on behalf of the majority of schools to take up road safety education.


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