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Personal Transport Budget

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

 

If your child will be under the age of 16 on 1 September 2019

A PTB is 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 arrange transport for your child if they are eligible for school transport – see information for Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school transport

If your child will be over the age of 16 on 1 September 2019

There are changes for Post 16 SEND students from September 2019 which will mean that traditional transport will be replaced by a PTB direct payment. You can read more about the changes to SEN school transport for 2019/20 below:

SEN transport changes September 2019   Opens new window

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, the number of days travelling, and the distance from home to school using the council's measuring software.

Use the Ready Reckoner below to see an approximate indication of how much PTB you may be offered.

PTB Ready Reckoner   Opens new window

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:  

  • Drive your child to school yourself
  • 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 another child – so you can take your eligible child to school
  • Work with the school to join up with other parents
  • Use towards the cost of a taxi or share the cost of the taxi 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 there are any concerns raised by the school regarding regular lateness or 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.

Personal Transport Budgets - full guidance    Opens new window

Personal Transport Budgets – Agreement (Terms and Conditions)    Opens new window

Apply for a PTB for the 2018/19 academic year

If you are interested in a PTB for the 2018/19 academic year, apply using our online School Transport Application form below:

Apply for a PTB 

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

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