Personal travel budget (PTB)
What is a PTB?
A PTB is a sum of money paid to parents or carers of children with special educational needs (SEN) who qualify for free school transport.
The sum of money is based on the:
- distance from home to school or college
- child's travel needs
A PTB lets families decide how their child gets to and from school. Parents and carers can make arrangements which suit their needs.
You will get paid a sum of money each month. A PTB will not impact any other benefits you get.
How can I use a PTB?
You could use a PTB to:
- buy a travel pass for public transport for you and your child
- pay a carer to walk or cycle to school with your child
- drive your child to school
- arrange shared travel, such as car or taxi sharing with another family
- overcome other barriers that may prevent you taking your child to school. Such as work or caring for other children
- pay a travel buddy to help your child learn to use public transport
How long will I get a PTB for?
You will get a PTB for the time that your child stays in the school given in the application. The PTB agreement is renewed each year. We will only withdraw it if:
- you move home and you no longer qualify
- the travel arrangements you make are unsafe
- your child leaves the school
- your child's school attendance is low
How can I get a PTB?
Contact our SEN Travel Team to find out if you're eligible for a personal travel budget.