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SEND families told to pay more for transport

  • May 13, 2024
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SEND families told to pay more for transport

Parents of teenagers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will have to pay more for transport to college or sixth form. Cuts to Birmingham City Council’s special needs transport budgets will mean that taxis and minibuses will no longer be routinely offered to those aged 16-18 starting from September. The services, funded by the council, used to help transport pupils to special needs schools which can be miles away from home, will continue to be offered to younger children.

This will be “difficult for some families,” the council acknowledged in an email sent to families. It added that it had given as much notice as possible. The council declared itself effectively bankrupt last September as it issued a section 114 notice. This was followed by signing a series of “devastating” cuts to help address the deficit in its budget.

The cuts, which included the city’s libraries, led to protests. The Children’s Young People and Families department will need to save £51.5 million over the next financial year. Support for 16-18 year olds will be provided through a personal transport budget (PTB) or a pass to use on public transport.

However, families are expecting to be told to pay more. Their contribution will deducted from the budget will increase from £780 to £1,028 per academic year. Low-income families will pay £390 a year towards their travel arrangements.

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