Last month, Havering Council launched a public consultation on a newly proposed policy for how they are planning to deliver travel assistance in the 2020-21 academic year starting in September.

The Local Authority provides support to students who are eligible and need support in order to get to school or college because of their needs.

The Local Authority need to publish a policy on how they meet travel assistance needs of children and young people in The London Borough of Havering every year. This year they want to hear views from residents on how they are proposing to deliver these services in the future, starting September 2020.

Rainham resident and mother of a child with autism, Fay Hough, has launched a community campaign urging the borough to reconsider their proposals. Fay is a local activist for those with special educational needs and disabilities and feels the proposals would bring negative changes to students lives who access the service.

Fay Hough said: “I believe any child who is entitled to free transport due to their needs should be able to travel to and from school without undue stress, strain or difficulty. This isn’t the first time that Havering Council have tried to reduce these services and I have no doubt it will not be the last. I will continue the fight for disability rights in Havering, and can only hope that change will come.”

If you live in Havering, you can have your say on the Travel Assistance Consultation by clicking the link https://www.havering.gov.uk/schooltravelassistance 

The consultation closes on March 2nd 2020.