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Apply for a Personal Transport Budget

A Personal Transport Budget (PTB) is a payment to help you to get your child to school

You can apply for a PTB if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – and is eligible for school transport.

It’s important to note that a PTB is entirely optional and you should only consider applying if it’s a suitable option for you and your family. If it's not, the council can make transport arrangements for your child if they are eligible for school transport, see information for Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school transport

Why choose a personal budget?

  • Freedom to make your own arrangements – to suit your family
  • Control over how the money is spent
  • Your child may be more secure and relaxed at school
  • You can share the cost and save money by joining up with other parents
  • You could use the money to help your child become more independent

How much is on offer?

Your personal payment will depend on your child's age, their timetable, and the distance from home to school using the council's measuring software.

How it works

  • The money we’ve agreed will be paid each month directly into a bank account that you nominate.
  • Each year we’ll review the plan with you and the school - to make sure everyone is happy with the arrangement.
  • You must spend the money in a way that ensures your child can get to school.

You could use your personal budget in many ways:  

  • Arrange for a friend or relative to cycle or walk with your child
  • Car share with other parents 
  • Get a bus pass for a friend to go with your child
  • Pay for a bus pass for your child 
  • Pay for childcare for a younger child – so you can take your child to school
  • Work with the school to join up with other parents

You will be in control of the money that you receive.

You can’t use the money for space on transport services from the council.

What you will need to do

There are some things we’ll ask of you.

For example – you’ll need to tell us if your circumstances change or if your child is off school.

We’ll review your budget if your child’s attendance drops or if they’re late. Or if there are any concerns with the travel arrangements.

We’ll also be in touch to review your arrangements if there are any changes to the law or the council’s policies.

The agreement will be in place up to the end of the academic year for which you apply, therefore you will need to re-apply for the following academic year.

We have explained these requirements in more detail in our information leaflet.

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If you are interested in a Personal Transport Budget, then you are advised to read the Direct Payment Card Terms and Conditions.

Direct payment card – Terms and Conditions   Opens new window 

If you are interested in a PTB

Email the transport team to register your interest in a PTB 

For more information email or call: 0116 305 0002

We’ll assess your application and let you know as quickly as we can.

Please note that there is no guarantee that all applications will be approved.

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