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Today we've secured a major campaign win

Sunday 10th September 2017

Today we've secured a major campaign win.

The Secretary of State for Education has announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school transport for eligible children with special educational needs.

The decision has been made as a result of findings from Contact's School Transport Inquiry.

Contact's School Transport Inquiry

The report, published today on Radio 5 Live Investigates, brings together evidence we gathered from more than 2,500 parents. We discovered:

  • 51% of local school transport policies in England include unlawful statements.
  • 48% and mostly mums said that school travel arrangements for their disabled child meant that they can't work or have had to decrease working hours.
  • 23% said their child's journey to school is stressful which makes it harder for their child to learn.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

"We are investing £222million over four years to help local authorities improve special educational needs and disability (SEND) services and local authorities must provide school transport for all eligible children with SEND.  
"In light of the findings by Contact, the department will review the statutory guidance for local authorities to ensure it is clear."

Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, says:

"This is a huge win for all of us, and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who submitted evidence to the inquiry. We will work with you when the statutory guidance is reviewed to make sure disabled children get the school transport they need."

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