Travel Assistance Consultation

The objective of all our travel assistance polices is to enable people to promote independence and have more choice and control over their travel assistance.

We have made significant changes to a range of polices that are now more consistent with each other and share similar aims.

Currently we are seeking your views on how the Travel Assistance Policy will affect you in the following areas:

  • priority ordering of available travel assistance based on need
  • eligibility for travel to faith schools will only be provided to those families on low income, where the school is over the statutory walking distances
  • children under 5 years old are not eligible for funded transport
  • the use of independent travel training
  • the Spare Seat Offer.

It is important to remember that these changes will only affect new applicants or those people who have undergone a significant change in circumstance, such as moving home.

The Adult Social Care Travel Assistance policy will be consulted on in phase two which has been delayed until December 2019.

The following is an overview of the proposed changes within each area.

Travel Assistance Policy

The proposed policy now:

  • clearly explains who is eligible for travel assistance including ages and distances
  • explains how safe routes are assessed
  • promotes Independent Travel Training
  • gives the priority order of travel assistance options that may be offered
  • explains what happens if you move home but need to stay at the same school
  • explains who is eligible for travel assistance to faith schools removing discretionary elements
  • explains Personal Transport Budgets and their use
  • states under 5s are not eligible for travel assistance but parents can purchase a spare seat
  • explains assistance to nursery schools, which is a non-statutory duty, that we will still carry out will incur a charge consistent with other similar charges
  • clarifies travel application and mileage claims to be made online
  • explains how personal transport budgets work solely for SEND children
  • introduces travel plans and risk assessments that are started and shared from data from application forms.
  • explains when we will give travel assistance to travel to other places of learning
  • clarifies travel assistance related to Pupil Referral Units
  • details step by step two-stage appeals process.

Spare Seat Offer

This is new offer and has not existed previously:

  • explains how people can access spare capacity within transport services
  • explains what will happen if that spare capacity is called upon to be used for statutory provision.

Post 16 Education Travel Assistance Policy 

Proposals are subject to consultation from early November. The Policy:

  • explains that there is very little statutory duty and then details who is eligible for travel assistance 16 - 18 
  • explains who is eligible for travel assistance post 19 
  • promotes Independent Travel Training
  • gives the priority order of travel assistance options that may be offered to eligible students
  • provides signposting and advice on Council and non-Council travel assistance options.

Adult Social Care Travel Assistance Policy

Proposals are subject to consultation from early November. It:

  • replaces a 'guidance' document from 2015
  • follow recent best practice including Local Government Ombudsman findings
  • explains how eligibility is assessed in line with Care Act 2014
  • clarifies the consideration of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Motability cars
  • sets out what the person being assessed and their carers may be asked as part of an assessments
  • states that each case will be assessed in its own right
  • defines the appeals process which is through the corporate complaint process.

Last updated: 12.33pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019

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