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School Transport Highlighted on BBC

Monday 5th March 2018

You may have seen our head of campaigns, Una Summerson on BBC Breakfast and News 24 on Saturday talking about the staggering increase in calls to our helpline from parent carers concerned about school transport.

BBC Breakfast highlighted the much longer journeys families endure to get their children to and from school each day in the news item - one of the many challenges you told us you faced in our School Transport Inquiry which we published last September.

We know school transport is a big concern for many UK families with disabled children. We hear from many families whose child is clearly eligible for school transport, but they have been refused. And from families whose child has been offered unsuitable transport such as a disabled child who needs close supervision when out in public offered a bus pass to get public transport to school.

Read the report and desktop research, we published in September 2017 on BBC Radio 5Live Investigates, which brings together evidence from more than 2,500 parents.

If you're affected by this issue, read our online advice on home to school transport or call our Helpline.

Seen a cut or change to school transport post 16? We'd like to hear from you.

We want to focus on the lack of school transport offered by local authorities to disabled young people over the age of 16. It's a legal loop hole that means local authorities are under no obligation to provide school transport  to this group of young people - even though the law requires them to be at school until they are 18 years of age. 

If this is something you've been affected by and you are interested in sharing your story then please get in touch press@contact.org.uk