Rights for Disabled Young People Aged 16-25
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The Education Authorities have a statutory right to provide transport for SEN children in full time education. However with the Government changing the leaving age of school children to 18, before going on to College, transport costs will be ceasing at the age of 16. This means that the shortfall in Transport Support which ensures the vulnerable children in our society can attend and engage in education, will continue post 16, but the costs will now be met by parents/careers at the cost of on average of £600 per annum, which is the price of a non SEN child's bus pass which can be claimed for free.
A child without SEN in full time education can claim a free bus pass or bursary to provide them with lunches/travel etc. SEN children do not fall into this remit, as they are unable to attend mainstream colleges and education due to their needs and would therefore not qualify. This is blaintent discrimination for vulnerable children who rely so heavily on this type of provision.
Following a meeting with Medway Council, they have advised the only way this will change is a change in legislation. Please sign this petition to raise awareness on this issue. Teresa May - please stop this blaintent act of discrimination. Thank you.
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