A proposal to help with travel costs for students aged 16 to 19 with special educational needs will be discussed on Monday (6 November).
A meeting of the council’s Children, Families and Schools committee has been recommended to approve the introduction of a partial contribution towards travel costs from September 2024.
If approved, the subsidy will bring the council in line with other local authorities in Sussex and represent, at the time of writing, a value of £2.88 per academic day.
The contribution would work out at the same amount as a daily citySAVER ticket for a 19-year-old student attending education in the city.
Supporting young people to attend further education
Lucy Helliwell, joint chair of the committee, said: “We're fully committed to ensuring education is accessible to everyone, and this proposal will allow us to continue providing this essential service effectively.
"We want to make sure we can continue to support young people with disabilities to attend further education as well as the families most impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.
"We also recognise this proposal will come with its sensitivities, and we will ensure that eligibility will be established based on everyone’s individual circumstances."
No affect to low-income families
If agreed, the change will not affect families on low incomes, young people who travel with a specialist support worker or those who receive a personal travel budget.
On average, private transport for one pupil over the academic year is £10,234.
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