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Consultation on proposed changes to travel assistance for young people with special education needs and disabilities launched

PUBLISHED: 15:25 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 06 July 2017

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Bexley council has stated alternatives will be put in place if changes go ahead

Parents, carers, and young people in Bexley are being asked to have their say on a consultation regarding over 16 travel assistance launched this week.

The consultation covers proposed changes to the ‘Post 16 Travel Assistance Policy for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.’

Councillor John Fuller, cabinet member for education, 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 assitance currently averages £5,650 per student with more than 600 using the service last year.

The consultation can be found, here.

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