Changes agreed to Home to School Transport and support services

Support services and school transport

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet have approved changes to the Home to School Transport service and to some support services for disabled children, adults and older people.

The changes follow a public consultation that was carried out between 4th September and 22nd October 2017.

Which services are affected?

 

  • Access Fund – this helps children who have Special Educational Needs to take part in learning opportunities, by providing additional funding to Early Years settings.
  • Home to School Transport – free travel service for some school age children.
  • Social Care Transport – travel provided by the council for Social Care users.
  • Short Breaks – a range of activity options for children who have additional needs.

The consultation showed that all four services are valued by the people who use them. Some changes were made to the original proposals in response to the feedback.

 

Key changes include:

 

  • Changing the way that free Home to School Transport for mainstream schools is assessed. The nearest school geographically will in future be used to determine how far children need to travel to school, and whether children are therefore entitled to a free bus pass.
  • Encouraging more use of independent travel training to support pupils who have additional needs with using public transport where appropriate.
  • Making sure Early Years settings across the district are better equipped to support children with SEND, which will help funding to go further.
  • Exploring other transport options with Social Care Transport users and their families, before council-funded transport is offered.
  • Continuing with overnight Short Breaks, and further developing after school services and short breaks provided in the community.

Families in which pupils are entitled to free school meals, or where parents are in receipt of maximum Working Tax Credits, will continue to be entitled to free Home to School Transport.

 

Find out more:

Changes to Support services and Home to School Transport (PDF)
More information about the four services, what we’ve learned from the consultation and the changes that we have decided to make to each service.

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