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Subsidies for Travel

Schools and colleges - including youth groups - in Wales that are outside a 10-mile radius (20 mile return journey) of the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay will receive a subsidy for their educational visit to the National Assembly for Wales. Schools and colleges within a 10-mile radius of Cardiff Bay will not be eligible to apply for a subsidy.

Schools and colleges can claim one travel subsidy per academic year following an educational visit to the Assembly.

Schools and colleges cannot claim the travel subsidy if their visit is not pre-booked and conducted by the National Assembly’s Education Officers.

Educational visits should be booked at least three weeks in advance. To arrange an education visit please contact us by email or by telephone on 0300 200 6565. Schools are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as available sessions will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Schools can claim mileage for the most direct return distance to the National Assembly, calculated through Google Maps for one coach per academic year. Costs are calculated at £1 per mile for a hired vehicle.

The Assembly reserves the right to cancel any booking if an educational visit cannot be delivered for any reason. The National Assembly will compensate schools if a confirmed booking is cancelled and costs have been incurred with the travel provider.

Where more than one school is accommodated within one visit slot, only one subsidy will be paid if they travel on the same bus. Schools can only receive separate payments, on the same visit, if they travel on different buses.

Visit organisers should ensure that the staff to student ratio of the visiting group complies with their Local Authority guidelines and the National Assembly’s Health and Safety Risk Assessment. Teaching staff are responsible for the safety and good conduct of their pupils at all times.

The National Assembly is not responsible for the safety of individuals travelling to and from the Assembly.

College groups can claim one subsidy per course.

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