Creating A Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Kingston

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Consultation has concluded

Why we are proposing a Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Adults

As a supportive and inclusive council, we want to consider people’s own strengths and capabilities, and understand what support is needed within residents' local communities to meet their needs.

Travel Assistance, whilst not always guaranteed, is an important element of the broader support that many residents require. A Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Adults will bring together a range of travel assistance options that enables eligible adults to choose what travel support is right for them in a fair, simple and consistent way.

To make sure the new policy meets the real needs of Kingston residents we have established some clear basic principles that we want feedback from all residents, particularly adults who are currently receiving travel support from the council or who think they are likely to need assistance with travel support in the future.

Policy Principles

  1. To introduce a Supported Travel Assistance Policy that would replace existing ad hoc arrangements for the assessment and provision of travel assistance and support.
  2. To align this policy with Children’s Services (provided by Achieving for Children) to create a consistent approach for travel assistance users of all ages
  3. To introduce clear and consistent eligibility criteria for the provision of travel assistance and support.
  4. To adopt a strengths-based approach to assessment that aligns with our commitment to support residents to be as independent as possible.
  5. To enable individuals to access community activities and care services, where they are unable to travel independently (with support as necessary)
  6. Provide suitable independent travel training for individuals where appropriate and safe to do so.
  7. Travel support costs to be included in a care and support plan as part of a calculation of the individual’s personal budget or as a direct payment.
  8. The council to consider the provision of additional travel support where mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (or the mobility component of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is inadequate to pay for assessed travel assistance needs.
  9. Consideration to be given to Individuals with access to Mobility Scheme vehicles whether it is reasonable to expect that the vehicle be used to travel to the location of a care service/activity.

You can find out more about the policy and assistant travel services in Kingston in the attached documents.

Share your feedback

We want to hear from residents across the borough to understand whether these principles will help establish a fair, accessible and appropriate assisted transport policy for Kingston. In particular, we would like to hear from adults who are currently receiving travel support from the council or who think they are likely to need assistance with travel support in the future

An EasyRead version of the questionnaire is available at www.bit.ly/kingstontravelpolicy

What happens next

At the end of the engagement process, all comments and responses received will be considered carefully to help us formulate the final proposals and implementation plan. A report summarising the findings will be published on this page when available.

Need help?

If you have any questions or would prefer this information in a different format, language, or would like some help with completing the questionnaire, please email communications@kingston.gov.uk



Why we are proposing a Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Adults

As a supportive and inclusive council, we want to consider people’s own strengths and capabilities, and understand what support is needed within residents' local communities to meet their needs.

Travel Assistance, whilst not always guaranteed, is an important element of the broader support that many residents require. A Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Adults will bring together a range of travel assistance options that enables eligible adults to choose what travel support is right for them in a fair, simple and consistent way.

To make sure the new policy meets the real needs of Kingston residents we have established some clear basic principles that we want feedback from all residents, particularly adults who are currently receiving travel support from the council or who think they are likely to need assistance with travel support in the future.

Policy Principles

  1. To introduce a Supported Travel Assistance Policy that would replace existing ad hoc arrangements for the assessment and provision of travel assistance and support.
  2. To align this policy with Children’s Services (provided by Achieving for Children) to create a consistent approach for travel assistance users of all ages
  3. To introduce clear and consistent eligibility criteria for the provision of travel assistance and support.
  4. To adopt a strengths-based approach to assessment that aligns with our commitment to support residents to be as independent as possible.
  5. To enable individuals to access community activities and care services, where they are unable to travel independently (with support as necessary)
  6. Provide suitable independent travel training for individuals where appropriate and safe to do so.
  7. Travel support costs to be included in a care and support plan as part of a calculation of the individual’s personal budget or as a direct payment.
  8. The council to consider the provision of additional travel support where mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (or the mobility component of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is inadequate to pay for assessed travel assistance needs.
  9. Consideration to be given to Individuals with access to Mobility Scheme vehicles whether it is reasonable to expect that the vehicle be used to travel to the location of a care service/activity.

You can find out more about the policy and assistant travel services in Kingston in the attached documents.

Share your feedback

We want to hear from residents across the borough to understand whether these principles will help establish a fair, accessible and appropriate assisted transport policy for Kingston. In particular, we would like to hear from adults who are currently receiving travel support from the council or who think they are likely to need assistance with travel support in the future

An EasyRead version of the questionnaire is available at www.bit.ly/kingstontravelpolicy

What happens next

At the end of the engagement process, all comments and responses received will be considered carefully to help us formulate the final proposals and implementation plan. A report summarising the findings will be published on this page when available.

Need help?

If you have any questions or would prefer this information in a different format, language, or would like some help with completing the questionnaire, please email communications@kingston.gov.uk