School transport update, including post-16 transport allocations

Check if you're eligible for free school transport

2. Families on a low income

Children aged 11 to 16 can apply if:

  1. they attend one of their three nearest schools and live more than two, but not more than six miles away
  2. or the nearest school for religious reasons more than two but not more than 15 miles away.

To get free school meals, you must receive one of these:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual gross income less than £16,190 (and do not get Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop being qualified for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit - If you apply on or after 4 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child is not entitled to Free School Meals, another benefit that is accepted is entitlement to the maximum level of Working Tax Credits. This means there is no reduction due to income in the Working Tax Credits section of your HM Revenue & Customs award notice for the current tax year

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Last updated: 24 July 2020

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