Case Law Update 10 - Transport Arrangements

Steve BroachAuthor Steve BroachDate 29 Jun 2016

This is part of our case law series reviewing judgements relating to the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Each review looks at a specific case and explains the potential implications for parents, local authorities and sector practitioners. The reviews have been produced for us by Barrister Steve Broach.

This review focuses on a case with Staffordshire County Council where a dispute arose over transport arrangements for a young person travelling to college. This decision makes it clear that school transport is not special educational provision. As such the Tribunal will not have jurisdiction to resolve transport disputes. Transport issues must be resolved through the local authority’s appeals process and if necessary through judicial review. Included is a case overview, discussion around the decision, what this means for children, young people and families and implications for local authorities and other public bodies.