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Education travel assistance consultation

What is proposed to change?

Statutory school age

It is proposed that applications for statutory school age travel assistance will be assessed on the following criteria in this order:

  1. Distance from their nearest suitable school taking into account any ‘unsafe’ route;
  2. SEN and disability*;
  3. Exceptional circumstances;

*Please note that your child may not satisfy the SEN criteria if they do not have a mobility difficulty and their assessed need is:

  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Moderate social communication difficulties
  • Moderate hearing loss
  • Moderate visual impairment
  • Moderate social emotional mental health  difficulties

Your child will continue to be entitled to travel assistance if their school is the nearest suitable school and it is more than 2 miles away (children under 8) or more than 3 miles away for children over 8 years of age.  This will be the case even if they do not satisfy the SEN criteria.

The proposed policy sets out in order the different types of travel assistance that will be offered. There is a proposed change to personal travel assistance budgets that equalises payments to all parents/carers at a rate of 45p per mile within City and 25p per mile outside of City. 

Post-16

It is proposed that any student granted travel assistance to enable them to access an appropriate Further Education course will make a financial contribution to the cost of £600 per year, which can be paid in half-termly instalments of £100. The proposed contribution is based on West Midlands Local Authorities average charge.  It is proposed that families on low income (defined as receiving highest level working tax credit) are exempt from this charge.

If you are currently receiving travel assistance it is proposed that these changes will take effect from 1 September 2017. Any new applicants would be assessed under the new policy from 1 April 2017.

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