Personal travel budget scheme to support home to school travel

Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members will be asked to consider approval of the Personal Travel Budget scheme at their next meeting on Wednesday 10 July.

Barnsley Council offers a range of travel options to support home to school travel for children and students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). These options are listed in the Home to School Travel Assistance Policy and include independent travel training, mileage reimbursement, personal travel budgets, school minibus, taxis or zero-fare passes.

A Personal Travel Budget (PTB) is a payment made to parent/carers as an alternative to transport for home to school travel support. In line with the policy, PTB is offered where there is no existing form of transport available such as a taxi or minibus with a spare seat. It is up to the families how they use the money as long as it helps their child get to school or college.

In September 2018 a pilot PTB scheme was launched at a rate of pay of 60p per mile for two return journeys over the shortest distance between home and school. From September 2018 to March 2019, a total of 27 PTB’s were offered. Altogether 89 per cent were taken up, equating to 3.6 per cent of the total number of pupils receiving travel assistance. A survey of the views and experiences of the parents/carers who took part in the trial can be found in the appendix of the report.

Members will be asked to review the findings in the report and consider making the scheme permanent, with the same rate of pay offered in the pilot.

Matt Gladstone, Executive Director for Place, said: “Over the last few years we have developed the service with our users to provide help and assistance for their travel needs. We want people to be able to achieve their potential in Barnsley, and providing extra support where appropriate is a way of reaching this goal.”

For further information on the Home to School Travel Assistance is available on Barnsley Councils website.

The full Cabinet report can be read here.

 

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