Guide: Secondary school transport

Low income families

If your child is entitled to free school meals, or your family gets the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, then your family is considered to be on a low income.

Your child may be entitled to free transport on the grounds of low income provided they attend one of the three nearest schools to your home address and that school is between two and six miles of your home address. This entitlement is reviewed annually and transport provision may be withdrawn if your circumstances have changed.

To confirm that you receive the maximum amount of Working Tax Credit we need to see your new TC602 Tax Award Notice each year. However, if your financial circumstances have not changed since the previous financial year you will not have to complete the HMRC annual review and will not be sent a TC602 Tax Award Notice automatically. We advise you to request a copy of the TC602 Award Notice by phoning the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900 and explain you need it as evidence for transport assistance for your child. Please do this as soon as possible as it can be several weeks before you receive the TC602 form.