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Luton Borough Council

Travel assistance

All children between the ages of 5 and 16 may qualify for free school travel assistance if they go to their nearest suitable school and live at least:
  • 2 miles from the school, if they are under the age of 8 years old
  • 3 miles from the school, if they are 8 years old or older

If you get the maximum Working Tax Credit or your children are entitled to free school meals, they may get free travel assistance.

Post 16

Students living in Luton throughout the duration of their course from low income families and learners in local authority care or those that have recently left local authority care.

Low income is defined as students whose family meet the criteria used for assessing eligibility for free school meals. Please visit our free school meals page. Criteria includes:

  • enrolled on and attending a full time course engaged with learning or training at a further education institution, a school or academy, an authority maintained or assisted institution providing higher or further education
  • an establishment funded directly by the Education Funding Agency or a learning provider that is funded by the local authority to deliver n establishment funded directly by the Education Funding Agency or a learning provider that is funded by the local authority to deliver foundation learning or other accredited programmes of learning
  • students must be over the statutory school age but not aged 19 or over, on 31 August in the year in which their course of study began students must be over the statutory school age but not aged 19 or over, on 31 August in the year in which their course of study began
  • students must live further than three miles (walking route) from the nearest institution to offer their chosen course students must live further than three miles (walking route) from the nearest institution to offer their chosen course
  • where a student opts to attend an institution other than their nearest college the chosen course must differ by at least 50% to that offered by nearer institutions
  • payments will be made directly into the student’s bank account on a half termly basis
    • each subsequent half term payment will be dependent upon 95% attendance in the previous half term
    • qualifying students will be paid half the weekly ticket price of the bus travel up to a maximum of £7.50 per week

SEND travel assistance

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may be entitled to travel assistance if they cannot walk to school / college / education provision because of their SEND or mobility problem.

Attendance at a special school or a learning resource base does not automatically entitle your child to travel assistance.

How to apply

Use this form to apply for travel assistance for children and students with either:

  • SEN
  • an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  • a disability

Please complete the online application form below and upload with supporting evidence. Your application can not be submitted until evidence has been provided.

If you experience any difficulty completing the form online, you can download the SEN application for travel assistance document below. Save the completed form and email to [email protected].

Alternatively, you can post it (with supporting documentation) to:

SEND Travel Assistance team
Planning and Admissions,
Luton Council,
Town Hall,
Luton,
LU1 2BQ

Telephone: 01582 548098

Our travel assistance policies:

Mainstream travel assistance

How to apply

To apply for non-SEND, (pre) and post 16 applications, please complete the online application form and upload your supporting evidence. Your application can not be submitted until evidence has been provided.

If you experience any difficulty completing the form online, you can download the mainstream and post-16 application for travel assistance to in the documents section below. Save the completed document and send to [email protected] or post (with supporting documentation) to:

Mainstream Travel Assistance team
Luton Council
Planning and Admissions
Town Hall
Luton, LU1 2BQ

Telephone: 01582 548227

Please write 'private and confidential' on your envelopes for the Travel Assistance team, as the contents are personal and sensitive.

 

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