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this is taken from sen school transport policy found here http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/sen/hometoschooltransport/download1.htm
6. Post 16
The transport needs of students over the age of 16 attending special
schools will continue to be assessed as for those below statutory
school age.
Students with special needs attending local Further Education
colleges/ school sixth forms may receive additional help with
transport if they are unable to use public transport. This will normally
be for a maximum of two years. A separate transport policy
statement is available for post 16 students.

the policy for post 16 states this
5 Transport assistance for students up to age 24 with learning difficulties and/or
disabilities
Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities may receive additional help with
transport if they are unable to access public transport services to their designated college.
This will normally be provided by means of a vehicle hired by the County Council to transport
the student between home and college, where possible with other students. We do not
provide assistance for pre course visits or work placements.
Each case will be considered on its own merits. Advice from the Connexions Advisors
(Special Needs), or other partners where necessary, regarding career outcomes will be
taken into consideration when determining eligibility for travel support. However, the final
decision will rest with the County Council’s Childrens Services Department (for students
aged up to 21) or the Adult Services Department (for students aged 21+). Help is provided in
response to assessed need, and is not means tested. Some colleges also provide additional
transport help for students with special needs. This provision will be made up until age 24 or
to the end of the student’s course, whichever is sooner.
Reasonable adjustments will be made to provide transport which accommodates students’
individual timetables. However, when considered necessary and reasonable, students may
be required to wait at college at the beginning or end of the day
you can find the complete policy here
http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/post16andhigher/financialhelpforfe/download.htm

hope its of some help when you fighting Wink
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Thank you Corinne, that is a massive help. After reading through that, I'm feeling a little more confident that my fight won't have to be a huge long-drawn out one Smile
I will be ringing around tomorrow morning, then I'm off out for the day. Will get back in the evening to let you know the outcome of the calls. Thanks again Smile
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Thank you Corinne, that is a massive help. After reading through that, I'm feeling a little more confident that my fight won't have to be a huge long-drawn out one Smile
I will be ringing around tomorrow morning, then I'm off out for the day. Will get back in the evening to let you know the outcome of the calls. Thanks again Smile
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My daughter's taxi was withdrawn last August 1 week before college started back she is 20 now and has a rare syndrome she has had transport her whole life with an escort. The reason given for withdrawing the taxi was because we have a mobility car in my daughter's name. I asked Social services if they could step in and assist and they said no. I informed the college my own health is poor and that I am attending various hospital clinics also my husband and son are both registered disabled and I also have to be available for them for hospital appointments etc also hubby needs help with washing and dressing when I get him up, college wasn't interested in my personal problems and their attitude was if you have a mobility car for the use of your daughter then you can supply your own transport. They also provided a bursary to cover transport costs which they calculated at 60 per day we live 3 miles away from college so that means I am travelling 12 miles per day for roughly 5p per mile also my daughter had to have 100% attendance to qualify for the travel payment so as you can imagine we have hardly been paid a penny. I really hope you manage to sort things out and get the transport back in place.
Sadly I think with the government cutbacks things are only set to get worse.
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Oh wow Lin_C that's really bad. Car or no car, how can they not take personal problems into consideration? Did you have the car when your daughter attended school or is this a new policy? Sons college is over 5 miles away = 22 miles per day & 2 x parking fees. 5p per mile? Where do they buy their petrol?
I called the connections lady 1st thing yesterday morning, but she has finished at school until Sept so I got her email address and mailed her. Hope she replies real soon.
If I don't have any luck, I will see if I can get him into the college which is very much nearer my home, I won't have a problem getting him there, but it may be too late for that option Sad
Government cutbacks are a massive joke, they sure need to get their priorities right Sad((


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