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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:55 pm 
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so work this out then

all runs have been/will be paid in full from mid March till end of June (so far)

ive 2 runs, run 1 has been off 100% but doesnt operate to the same drop (3 days) as run 2 (same academy)


so ive been coerced into sending both cars on the same route with 1 kid each


heres the thing, 1 kid is only going 3 days a week by arrangement so...

are all 5 days chargeable (as it is the suspended route) or not chargeable (as there has been notice hes not going 2 days a week)

AND, the suspended route SHOULD be year 11's likely to leave June 26th, who pays the extra mile/route till july 17th...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:10 pm 
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12.The transport unit will then contact transport operators about providing the
required transport. It’s appreciated that not all pupils from designated year groups
may require transport. Schools are not to contact operators directly.



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Thank you for the email
I do understand your concerns at this difficult time so respectfully offer the following.

Should you choose to use an alternative vehicle e.g. Minibus or London Cab with screening to support your staff then please do so.

I understand schools are monitoring which students attend school so would not risk either operator staff or their own staff.

We do however have provision for operators who cannot fulfil contractual arrangements during these times, as we have the option to suspend contracts and find replacements for them.

I can confirm we will not take any compliance action but as you will have noted from the correspondence we sent you on 3rd April (titled Contractor Update No. 9) this would have an impact on the ongoing payments we are making to operators.

Our ongoing payments to you are being made in line with government guidance issued the Cabinet Office and we will act in line with its terms. Please ensure that you read the “Extract from FAQs – Cabinet Office Note PPN 02-20” attached to this update. This contains important information that you must be aware of:

· Restrictions on making redundancies

· Restrictions on furloughing staff who are required to work on contracted work – i.e. you cannot furlough a member of staff whose wages you are paying with contract income.

· If you are not able to deliver a service when required that we are continuing to pay for. Where alternative suppliers are required to cover for lack of availability we will deduct payment as per our conditions of contract – as would normally be the case where a contractor is unable to operate.

Any contractor that breaches the terms set out for continued payment could risk being excluded from all future tenders.

I hope this answers any concerns you have but if you have any doubts over your ability to continue to operate the route please contact us asap.



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Our position is as stated.

I am not in a position to authorise additional expenditure.

The County’s decision to continue to pay contractors in full between mid-march till the end of June was based on an expectation that contractors would be flexible. I would expect that the payments you have received would cover the suggested “increase”.

However, If you are unable to run transport as requested on Monday please let school know in order that they can communicate with the families as appropriate.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:28 pm 
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Most of the runs I have haven’t been running because the social distancing can’t be met. I have one 17 seat vehicle that allows for one child and an escort to travel meeting the social distance requirements. I have a couple of children travelling alone in the back of WAVs and one child travelling with a parent as escort in a WAV. The rest of my 50 odd runs are idle because the social distancing rules can’t be met. The only saving grace is the council still pay us and I have no idea what will happen come September, hopefully all that will be needed by then is a face mask

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:08 am 
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The only saving grace is the council still pay us and I have no idea what will happen come September, hopefully all that will be needed by then is a face mask

For school contracts down here the drivers only need to wear masks and gloves, but saloons can't have more than two kids in at a time.

I think the biggest concern is if any of these kids get the virus and the driver then has to have 14 days off.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:09 pm 
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I’ve heard a rumour that Flintshire council are insisting that all school runs from September must be covered by vehicles with a permanent screen fitted.


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Sussex wrote:
I think the biggest concern is if any of these kids get the virus and the driver then has to have 14 days off.


Or he dies?

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I’ve heard a rumour that Flintshire council are insisting that all school runs from September must be covered by vehicles with a permanent screen fitted.

But is there enough motors with screens, or are they suggesting saloons get them fitted?

And will the schools have screens in their classrooms?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:23 pm 
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x-ray wrote:
I’ve heard a rumour that Flintshire council are insisting that all school runs from September must be covered by vehicles with a permanent screen fitted.

But is there enough motors with screens, or are they suggesting saloons get them fitted?

And will the schools have screens in their classrooms?



the school we go to has watch towers with armed guards

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:46 am 
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Hi,

So my brother started the school run in Sept 2019. He hasn’t done it before this time which can be verified by the council. However the councils contracts manager has stated because he’s self employed and not a taxi company employee (All the taxi drivers are self employed that do the school run) they cannot pay anything from the supplier relief fund to him or the supervisor they must claim theough the self employed scheme but he only started in Sept 19 and therefore it will not cover the school run payments. He can show how much he was paid each month and this can be verified by the council own transport team.

The government notice doesn’t state that subcontractors shouldn’t get paid for the school run.

Any help on this will be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:51 am 
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BladeS1 wrote:
Hi,

So my brother started the school run in Sept 2019. He hasn’t done it before this time which can be verified by the council. However the councils contracts manager has stated because he’s self employed and not a taxi company employee (All the taxi drivers are self employed that do the school run) they cannot pay anything from the supplier relief fund to him or the supervisor they must claim theough the self employed scheme but he only started in Sept 19 and therefore it will not cover the school run payments. He can show how much he was paid each month and this can be verified by the council own transport team.

The government notice doesn’t state that subcontractors shouldn’t get paid for the school run.

Any help on this will be appreciated.

Thanks
Nikki

I would think that the only person who can claim would be the person that was issued the contract by the Council. Any claim that your brother may have would be with the person who gave him the job and not the Council.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:07 pm 
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Hi,

We wrote to our MP as th taxi firm and council stated at the start of lockdown they would not be paid for school runs I gave the link to the government notice. My brother recieved a call from the council about two weeks ago referring to the email from the MP and basically said they wanted to know if he had claimed for the self employment scheme which he confirmed he did but that he only started school run for th first time in Sept 2019. She said she would get back to him and yesterday received an email to say he isn’t covered by the supplier relief fund because he’s not directly employed by the taxi company.

I am in the process of writing back to my MP just after some advice.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:19 pm 
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I think your brother is one of the few taxi/PH drivers that have missed out in respect of the self-employed grant, which is a shame.

In respect of the school run it is down to the taxi firm that is supplying your brother to claim for business relief. It would be interesting to hear what they have got to say.

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[quote="Sussex"]I think your brother is one of the few taxi/PH drivers that have missed out in respect of the self-employed grant, which is a shame.

Think you will find there is a lot more missed out on any available government support than you realise.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:11 am 
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Sussex wrote:
I think your brother is one of the few taxi/PH drivers that have missed out in respect of the self-employed grant, which is a shame.


The 80% should be enough, especially to be parked up with no fuel or service items being worn out

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