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Travel Assistance Budgets

Travel Assistance Budgets (TABs) are available where a child or young person is entitled to transport to school as a result of their Special Educational Needs (SEN).  The Council's Special Needs Assessment Section (SNAS) will discuss with parents/carers different ways to support them to get to school rather than simply using Council-provided transport. 

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 attendance and punctuality at school. 

Contact Special Needs assessment Section to discuss a TAB.

Who to contact

Contact Name
SEN Travel Assistance Team

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To have a Personal Travel Budget you need to:

  •  be entitled to transport to school as a result of your Special Educational Needs (SEN) and
  • discuss and agree with your case manager in the Special Needs Assessment Service how a TAB will be used to support you to get to school.

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Last updated: 19 Jan 2022

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