A The School Transport Bill 2004 aims to enable local authorities to run school travel schemes tailored to the needs of their areas.
The proposals will also address environmental concerns about the school run by enabling local authorities to develop schemes to increase the number of pupils travelling to school by bus.
However, the Bill also suggests that the duty to provide transport under the Education Act 1996 (which results in the provision of transport for your daughter) will be replaced.
It is unclear as to exactly what the new provisions will mean for disabled children. However, I think it unlikely that the local authority will no longer provide transport in your circumstances. In any event, the Bill may fall if there is a General Election before it is passed.
David Ruebain is a partner specialising in education and disability discrimination at the law firm Levenes. www.levenes.co.uk
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