Trafford Council is launching a consultation on its all Age Travel Assistance Policy for 2020.
The Policy which provides assistance to parents for their children's education travel costs is reviewed annually and the Council is keen to hear people’s views on the proposals.
The Council is committed to reviewing the Policy each year and consulting on any proposed changes. The current All Age Travel Assistance Policy sets out what transport provision and assistance will be made available by the Council; the people who will be able to apply for it; and the circumstances in which that provision and assistance will be available. The proposed changes are for the policy which will apply from 1 September 2020.
The first proposed change is to make the policy easier to understand. This is in response to feedback from families that it can be difficult to navigate and it is not always clear which section of the policy applies. The new layout means there will be three clear sections depending on the age of the person who requires transport assistance:
Home to school transport for pre-school and school age children 2 to 16 years.
2. Young people
Travel assistance to education or training for young people 16 to 19 years (or up to 25 with an education, health and care plan) who started their course before their 19th birthday.
Travel assistance for vulnerable adults 18 years and over. This includes adults with assessed care and support needs and also adult learners who started a course after their 19th birthday.
In addition to improving the structure and wording of the policy, there are two proposed policy changes linked to travel assistance for young people:
A. To remove the charges for 16-19 year olds (or up to age 25 with an education, health and care plan) who are assessed as eligible for council provided transport to education or training. There is a pilot scheme in Greater Manchester called Our Pass which provides free bus travel to all young people age 16 to 18 years. In light of this, we also want to make our offer of transport for eligible young people free of charge.
B. To change the appeal process for post 16 travel assistance from a one stage process to a two stage process. This brings it in line with the two stage process which applies to home to school transport. We think this will be fairer for everyone as it provides an opportunity to appeal to a panel who are independent of the original decision-making process.
We are undertaking a consultation regarding the proposed changes and would love to hear what you think. Further information about the changes and how you can respond can be found online at our All Age Travel Assistance Policy Consultation website.
All feedback must be received by Friday 28 February 2020.