The answer is: it depends. Our team can help you to understand you and your child’s entitlements including:
- Whether your child should be defined as ‘eligible’ and entitled to free transport
- Disputes about what the ‘nearest qualifying school’
- Provision for transport for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) including the provision of escorts
- Eligibility for transport to primary school, secondary school and to college.
- Appeals to the local authority or to the Local Government Ombudsman, or launching a judicial review.
The duty to transport your child to and from school rests with the local authority, not with the school. They are under a duty to facilitate attendance at school but can take cost and practicality into account when determining this. Even if there is no automatic entitlement to transport, it may be important to consider whether there is merit in asking the local authority to exercise their discretion. Transport is therefore an important topic in the current climate, with local authorities looking to make savings where they can. Expert advice may be crucial to ensuring that local authorities are acting lawfully in line with their responsibilities, or inviting them to use their discretion where appropriate. We provide an initial telephone conversation free of charge so please contact us on 01926 354 704 or firstname.lastname@example.org