Education Transport Criteria for Low Income Families
For the academic year 2021/22 a low income family for education transport purposes is determined as one who is in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- income Support (evidence dated within the last month)
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (evidence dated within the last month)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (evidence dated within the last month)
- universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from the three most recent assessment periods, evidenced by the Universal Credit journal)
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (evidence dated within the last month)
- the guarantee element of Pension Credit (valid award notice required)
- the maximum level of Working Tax Credit (current award notice required - see below)
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,105 - current award notice required)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit (current award notice required)
A secondary school or sixth form aged pupil is eligible under the low income criteria if a parent with whom they are resident is in receipt of any of the above.
Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible within the Low Income criteria.
Where a child lives with two parents for equal amounts of time, the parent with whom they are resident is taken as the parent who receives the Child Benefit for that child.
Determining whether you are receiving maximum Working Tax Credit
When tax credits are first awarded, or following a change in household circumstances, HM Revenue and Customs issue a “tax credits award notice” detailing the breakdown and amount of the award.
Part Two of the award notice gives details of “How we work out your tax credits”.
The figure for “any reduction due to your income” must be £0.00 to be in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit.
If you present a review notification (TC603R), this should show a maximum income of £6,420 to evidence you are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit.