School transport cuts causing ‘distress and upheaval’

The BBC are reporting…

Will, who has autism and hates loud noise, was expected to walk a mile down a partly unlit route and take a bus and train to school, after his local council stopped funding a taxi for him.

Will tried it but soon became very distressed – so his mother had to drive him to and from school.

This was among 261 complaints about school transport decisions to England’s local government ombudsman in 2015-16.

“When it comes to school transport… councils must ensure decisions are made fairly, legally and transparently,” said Mr King.

“Failing to do this can cause confusion, financial hardship and have a significant impact on some of the most vulnerable families, particularly those who have children with special educational needs.”

By law, councils in England must provide free transport for pupils under the age of 16 who cannot walk to school because they:

  • have a special need or disability
  • live outside statutory walking distance – two miles for under-eights and three miles for older children
  • face an unsafe walking route

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