Consultation on proposed changes to school and college travel support

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking parents and carers for their views on proposed changes to its home to school and college travel assistance policies, which outline who is eligible for free or discounted travel to school and college.


In certain circumstances, the Council provides support with home to school and college transport to school pupils aged 5-16, and students attending post-16 education. The Council is proposing changes after parents, carers and professionals fed back about the existing policies during engagement sessions to review the policies.


It launched a twelve-week public consultation in January to secure feedback on the proposed changes from the wider public.


The Council is proposing to:

  • Update its policy for children aged 5-16 to extend the eligibility criteria to cover more groups of children. This will include support for those in joint custody arrangements, and children with special educational needs.

  • Update the policy for 16–19 year olds so that it is clearer for parents to understand, with the eligibility criteria remaining the same.

  • Create a policy document outlining the clear eligibility criteria for parents and young people over the age of 19.


The consultation runs until Thursday 22 April. Find out more and respond to the questionnaire here.


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