Contact’s head of campaigns makes award finalist for school transport campaign!
Thursday 22nd March 2018
We are delighted to let you know that our head of campaigns, Una Summerson, was announced as a finalist in the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Awards held last night for her work highlighting the challenges many families with disabled face getting their children to and from school each day.
We know that school transport is a huge issue for the families we support. Calls to our helpline from parent carers about this issue doubled last year and we regularly hear from families whose child is clearly eligible for school transport but has been refused or offered unsuitable transport for example.
We launched the findings of our school transport inquiry last September, which brought together evidence from over 2,500 parents. We secured a major campaign win, when the Secretary of State for Education announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school transport for eligible disabled children.
Help us with the next stage of our campaign and sign our petition to close school transport loophole
Our campaigning work in this area continues apace, and we are now focusing on closing a loophole in the law.
Even though the law says a young person aged 16 plus is expected to be in school or training until they are 18, local councils don't have to provide them with free transport.
How can it be fair that the law says a young person is expected to be in school or training until 18 but does not have the transport to get there once they turn 16?
That's why we are calling on the government to close this loophole for disabled youngsters as they face additional challenges getting to school or college.
Over 4,000 people have already signed our petition to close the loophole - sign it today and help us reach 5,000!
For advice and information on school transport, visit our page on transport to school and college and post-16 school transport in England. You can also find out about challenging school transport decisions.