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Travel Assistance Budgets

Travel Assistance Budgets (TABs) are available where a child or young person is entitled for travel assistance to school as a result of their Special Educational Needs (SEN).  The Council's SEN Travel Assistance Team will assess matters for suitability against DfE Guidelines and the SEN Travel Assistance Policy, at fortnightly panels.

The aim is to support families to take their own children to school, reduce journey times, and/or to support the independence of the young person and enable them to become independent travellers.  It also gives parents/carers the flexibility to choose the mode of transport that suits their prevailing circumstances as the budget allows them to switch from one mode of transport to another.

The Council will consider paying a Travel Assistance Budget calculated using an enhanced mileage allowance based on distance to school, with an additional rate if an escort is required.

The budget may be used in a variety of ways, for example:

  • driving or cycling a child to school,
  • purchasing a travel pass for a parent or trusted escort,
  • paying an escort or travel buddy,
  • sharing transport with another parent, or
  • purchasing childcare for siblings. 

Rather than monitoring how much is spent,  payment of the budget will be determined by the child’s termly attendance and punctuality at school. 

Contact the SEN Travel Assistance team to discuss a Travel Assistance Budget

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2022

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