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Personal Travel Budgets (PTB)

Personal Travel Budgets (PTB)

Personal Travel Budgets (PTB) may be used as an alternative approach to transport for those eligible for home to school or college transport. However, a PTB may not always be possible if it is not an efficient use of Council’s resources.

The Personal Travel Budget (PTB) is a cash payment to a parent, carer or student instead of organised transport provided by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. A Personal Travel Budget is available to parents of children and young people or students with special travel needs who have been assessed as eligible to receive home to school or college transport from the council.

Having a Personal Travel Budget allows families to arrange home to school or college travel arrangements in a way that suits them. A PTB allows families to make flexible arrangements and, if they choose, to work with other families who are receiving a Personal Travel Budget. 

A Personal Travel Budget is part of the council’s Home to School Transport Policy. Further Home to School transport details are available on the council’s website:

East Riding Council - School/college Transport Information including Home to School Transport Policy (external council website)

The Personal Travel Budget is granted at the discretion of the council for children eligible to receive home to school or college travel assistance.

For consideration of a personal travel budget please email transport.requests@eastriding.gov.uk.

If a Personal Travel Budget is agreed for your child, their individual circumstances will be taken into consideration and you will be awarded an amount based on the criteria below:

 PTB Description Mileage 
 Standard Standard PTBs will be offered to children who are eligible for free home-to-school transport but do not require any specialist equipment or additional support from a passenger assistant. £0.45 per mile + £10 per day
Enhanced Enhanced PTBs will be offered to children who require additional specialist support on journeys. This may include a one-to-one passenger assistant or specialist equipment in order to travel safely £0.75 per mile + £10 per   day
Specialist Specialist PTB’s are specifically for those pupils who have high care needs and as a result require a medical PA or specialist equipment and adaptations to the vehicle in order to travel safely £1.25 per mile + £10- per day


Please note:
the amount you will receive is worked out by measuring the distance of the shortest available route using the public road network from the point of the child’s normal place of residence (usually the family home), to the nearest approved entry point to the school or college site. The distance will be measured on a computerised GIS system using Ordnance Survey information.

The amount you receive will be calculated as outlined in the question above.  A total of four journeys a day are payable (i.e. to school or college and back home twice a day during term time). This daily rate will then be paid, based on the number of school or college days in your child’s timetable.

Payment of a Personal Travel Budget will be made in advance at the start of each half-term and is based on the number of days in your child’s school or college timetable for that period. You do not need to open a separate bank account to be used solely for receiving payments*. However if your child already has an account for direct payments you can use that.


*Please note: if your child or the young person you care for moves across to Adult Services, you will need a separate bank account at this point.


If your child is in post-16 education, then yes, you are required to pay the £540 contribution as per the Home to School Transport Policy. This contribution will be deducted from your Personal Travel Budget payment over the academic year.

However, for students who are members of a low income family or who are living independently and who meet relevant income criteria, the contribution payment for the academic year is reduced by 50% to £270. A low income family or a student on a low income is in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided the person is not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and has an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Universal Credit.

 


The student or the student’s parents and other members of the household may be asked to provide evidence of their entitlement to or receipt of the above support.

If you believe you qualify for the low income family 50% reduction, please contact Transportation Services:

Email: transport.requests@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 395444 (option 1)

Those who are offered a Personal Travel Budget will be asked to sign an agreement. This sets out the role of the recipient or parent/carer and the Council in the Personal Travel Budget process and will contain a form for completion with details of your designated bank account.


The Council transfers the Personal Travel Budget prior to commencement into your designated bank account. You can then arrange and manage your child’s travel arrangements in a way that best suits you.

As long as your child gets to and from school or college comfortably and safely in a way that guarantees their timely attendance in line with the school or college's academic calendar, you can spend the Personal Travel Budget in any way you wish. Previous recipients have spent their Personal Travel Budget in the following ways:

  • You or someone in your family driving your child to and from school or college
  • Arranging for a friend or relative to walk your child to and from school or college
  • Arranging for a private taxi firm to drive your child to and from school or college
  • Purchase a travel pass for an adult to accompany your child on public transport to and from school or college
  • Purchase travel passes for your other children so they can get home whilst you’re collecting your child who has a Personal Travel Budget

There are many other ways you can spend your Personal Travel Budget. Its purpose is to achieve flexibility for you and your child.

As part of your Personal Travel Budget agreement, if you move house or your child changes school or college you must inform the council’s Transportation Services department:


Email: transport.requests@eastriding.gov.uk or Telephone: (01482) 395444 (option 1)


An assessment of the most effective method of your child getting to school or college will then be undertaken.


The Council is keen to encourage children to travel as independently as possible, so, for example, if your child undertakes Independent Travel Training and is able to travel to school or college more independently, we will work with you to move away from a Personal Travel Budget to supporting your child to travel to school or college more independently.


No, as per the agreement that you have signed, the Local Authority will obtain attendance information and amend you Personal Travel Budget accordingly.

Once in receipt of a personal travel budget you accept that unless your personal circumstances change significantly it is expected that you will continue with this for the full academic year. If your circumstances do change significantly and you are no longer able to continue with your Personal Travel Budget, you will need to notify Transportation Services:

Email: transport.requests@eastriding.gov.uk or Telephone: (01482) 395444 (option 1)

The council will endeavour to make alternative travel arrangements as quickly as possible, but this can take up to four weeks.  In the interim period it will remain your responsibility to continue with your Personal Travel Budget, to ensure your child attends school or college.

Personal Travel Budgets are not a benefit.  Any income from a Personal Travel Budget is neither taxable nor will it affect any benefit claim for parents or carers participating in the scheme.  However, it is the responsibility of the recipient of the Personal Travel Budget to check with any relevant services that this is the case for their own personal circumstances.

There are situations when the normal travel arrangements that are in place cannot be used. For example, if you normally transport your child in your own car and you are ill, or the car breaks down. You will need to have alternative plans in place to get your child to school or college in these situations.


The Council is unable to provide alternative transport in these circumstances and if your child is absent due to you not being able to get your child to school, the Personal Travel Budget may be reduced or withdrawn. The recipient or parent/carer will be required to sign as part of the agreement that contingency plans are in place.

If you would like more information please contact the Transportation Services Team on:

Tel: (01482) 395444 ( option 1)