New travel scheme puts children on the road to success

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A travel scheme for youngsters with special educational needs in Derbyshire will not be scrapped despite continuing budget cuts.

Derbyshire County Council’s independent travel training has helped more than 135 children with reduced mobility, learning difficulties or low confidence to use public transport since 2012.

The current contract which offers classroom or practical training was due to end in September 2015.

But now a proposal to extend the life-span of the scheme for a further three years with a possible extension to 2020 has been given the go-ahead by the council.

Coun Kevin Gillott, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This scheme has made an incredible improvement to the quality of life of young people receiving support.”

A saving of more than £3,000 per student per year is possible once youngsters can travel independently.