Post-16 school transport changes and eligibility criteria
Why is the Council reducing its financial support for post-16 students to help with their transport costs?
The Council has had to make some very difficult decisions in light of the continued significant financial pressures it faces. Councillors have taken the decision to limit financial support for post-16 transport to young people living within low income households.
Why is transport not provided when students must stay on at school / college until they are 18?
The requirement is for all young people to continue in learning or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18, this is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA). This does not mean that young people must stay on at school once they reach 16; this is still the statutory school leaving age. They are able to choose from one of the following:
- Full-time education, such as school, college or home education
- Apprenticeships, work based learning
- Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for at least 20 hours per week.
There is a duty upon the Council to help facilitate a young person’s access to appropriate post-16 provision, but no obligation to fund transport arrangements.
Who will continue to be entitled to assistance?
The Council will continue to provide financial support for young people living in low-income households who meet the criteria set by the Council and attend the school or college which the Council has assessed as being their nearest appropriate centre (NAC).
What is the qualifying low income criteria for assistance?
In order to qualify for low-income financial support you, or a member of your household, must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- NHS Tax Exemption certificate (a photocopy of the card clearly stating the expiry date will be required)
How will young people, who are not entitled, get to school / college?
Those who do not qualify under the Council's post-16 home to school travel assistance policy for financial support will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from school or college.
Some colleges operate their own transport services. Therefore, students may wish to contact their chosen centre directly for information regarding services available in their area.
Is there any alternative financial support available?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund has been set up by the government specifically to help young people who are in need of additional support with the costs associated with their continuing education or training. Further information regarding the Fund, including eligibility criteria and the application process is available directly from each post-16 centre.
How can I find out what public transport services are available?
Timetable and service information from Traveline
Find out more about Stagecoach services
Find out more about Go Whippet services
Will spare seats on Council-run services still be available for purchase?
The Council will offer parents the opportunity to purchase spare seats on its contract services, where they are available. For the 2016/17 academic year, the termly cost of a spare seat will be £200.
All seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Apply for post-16 education transport
You can apply online for post-16 education transport here.