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Bexley Local Offer

Having access to suitable transport can make a big difference to someone with additional needs.

This section provides information about travel options within the London Borough of Bexley and other useful travel/transport information.

If your son or daughter has a statement of special educational needs (SEN), or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), is of compulsory school age and is attending their nearest appropriate school, they may be entitled to free home to school transport or travel assistance. Depending on the disability your child may be provided with a free bus or train pass or a special vehicle i.e. taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, to help them travel to and from school. Other forms of assistance could be access to independent travel training, transport budgets and escorted public transport.

For further details and criteria regarding home to school please see Bexley’s Travel Assistance Policy. We would be pleased to receive any feedback on the Policy. Bexley Parents/carers, in the first instance, are required to apply for home to school travel assistance by contacting the Statutory Assessment Team on specialneedsels@bexley.gov.uk or the Bexley Integrated Transport Unit (BITU) on bitu@bexley.gov.uk telephone 020 3045 4431. The parent/carer will be sent a Request for Home to School Transport application form which is to be completed and emailed to above addresses or returned to London Borough of Bexley, BITU, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT for processing, subject to the eligibility criteria.

All referrals are assessed for eligibility and most appropriate form of transport provision against Bexley’s Home to School Travel Assistance Policy.

What to do if you have a complaint:

If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service.
If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Bexley complaints procedure; Click http://www.bexley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13965 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply click on the questions below to see the answers:

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    Have your say on changes to travel (T-TP-0717-A001)

    A consultation on how young people over 16 receive travel assistance has been launched in Bexley this week. Parents, carers and young people are being called on to have their say on proposed changes to the ‘Post 16 Travel Assistance Policy for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)’. 

     

    Cabinet Member for Education Cllr John Fuller said; “By looking at other ways of supporting the service we hope to keep travel assistance as an option for our students. There is no legal requirement for us to provide the service, but we don’t want to withdraw assistance completely. Financial pressures that are affecting all local authorities mean that we must make changes.

     

    “We are looking at offering those students that live farther away from their place of education a greatly subsidised service, as well as offering links to the alternative support available, such as bursary funding. I’d urge anyone that makes use of the current Bexley scheme or who may use it in the future to look at the survey and let us have their views.”

    Annual travel assistance currently averages £5,650 a student and more than 600 young people used the service last year.

     

    Find out more and fill in the consultation

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    Home to school travel and transport statutory guidance (T-GI-1215-A001)

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on sustainable school travel, and school travel arrangements for children and young people.  For more information please click here
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    How do I apply for travel assistance or transport? (T-GI-1015-A001)

    Bexley Parents/carers, in the first instance, are required to apply for home to school travel assistance by completing a request for home to school travel assistance form online, the links are provided below.

     

    Request for home to school travel assistance – click here
    Request for home to school transport POST 16 pupils – click here

     

    Applications received will be processed and will be subject to the eligibility criteria.

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    Do I need to re-apply each year? (T-GI-1015-A002)

    Yes application forms will be sent annually until a child leaves school. Applications will be sent out in April each year for children who currently have travel assistance and these should be returned by the end of May. If you require support to complete the application form staff at your child’s school or social worker should be able to help you. Travel requirements are then assessed based on school placement, written evidence and family circumstances.  Supplementary evidence may be required at this stage. The parent/carer will be informed in writing of the outcome of the application. Where this assessment indicates that the child is not eligible for travel assistance, parents/carers will be advised accordingly and will have a right to appeal against this decision.  If you need to send the form in later than these dates, please advise BITU so allowances can be made for this. Further applications are received from children who are changing schools or moving into the borough later than these dates. When all applications are received and have all been assessed, optimisation exercises begin to allocate children to routes and providers. As we transport more than 500 children and young people, this task takes some weeks to complete, especially when late applications are received and vehicles/routes have to be re-arranged. When this is complete (usually in mid-August) routes are allocated to providers ensuring best value for money. Providers then allocate to individual drivers and escorts.

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    What type of travel assistance will be provided? (T-GI-1015-A003)

    We will contact you in advance, advising you of the arrangements we have put in place.  Depending on their disability your child may be provided with a free bus or train pass or a special vehicle i.e. taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, to help them travel to and from school. Other forms of assistance could be access to independent travel training, transport budgets and escorted public transport.

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    When is travel assistance not provided? (T-GI-1015-A004)

    Travel assistance will not be provided;

    - If a child attends a school which is not the nearest appropriate school to their home
    - to work experience placements;
    - to dental, clinical or hospital appointments; or
    - in the event of sickness where a child has to be collected from school, or for parents to attend.
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    Will my child always receive travel assistance? (T-GI-1015-A005)

    Not necessarily.  Applications must be completed annually as criteria may change depending on the age and circumstances of your child and family.  All children and young people’s eligibility for travel assistance will be reviewed regularly and at least annually.  For children and young people with Statements or EHC Plans, their continued eligibility for travel assistance will be discussed at the child or young person’s school as part of the annual review. Parents/carers should attend the review in order to consider whether or not travel assistance continues to be appropriate. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to notify the Council immediately of any changes that may affect the provision of travel assistance

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    What can I do if I am not happy with the decision about entitlement to help with transport? (T-GI-1015-A006)

    If parents are not happy with a decision about the transport entitlement for their child, they should discuss the case first with their SEN Case Officer or they may ask for a reconsideration of their case by writing to the Complex Needs Manager, Statutory Assessment Service, London Borough of Bexley, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT who may refer it to a panel of elected members.If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Bexley complaints procedure; Click here for more information.
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