A schoolgirl has not been able to go back to the classroom because education bosses will not help her injured mum take her to school.
Eliz Cingoz has not been able to rejoin her classmates because her mother, Lily, hurt her both her legs and is unable to drive her on the four-and-a-half mile school run.
The nine-year-old even begged the local authority to help her get a school bus, but was sent a letter stating she was not entitled to free travel.
Now the Year 5 pupil may be forced to change schools because she cannot get from her home in Sevenoaks to the picturesque village primary in Ide Hill, Kent.
Distraught Lilly, who has been told she will be unable to walk unaided for at least six months, said: “It is not fair on the child, I have no help and cannot rely on other people. I have been stranded all summer.
“I have asked Kent County Council transport department to help but they have just sent me a snooty letter saying I am not entitled to free transport, which means Eliz may be forced to go to another school.
“I am on benefits and the price of the new Kent Freedom pass is too much.”
The family’s troubles began in June when doctors diagnosed Lilly with the debilitating condition, called post tendon dysfunction.
It means the mum-of-three is unable to walk without crutches and faces up to a year unable to drive.
A letter from Kent County Council‘s transport eligibility assistant said Eliz does not qualify for free bus travel because she does not go to the closest primary school to her house.
It said: “It has not been possible to provide Eliz with transport assistance as the nearest school to your home address for transport purposes is St John’s C of E Primary School Sevenoaks not Ide Hill CEP School.
“I cannot consider transport assistance under the low income criteria as Eliz is not attending the nearest school to your home address.
“While there is no duty on the local authority to provide transport it is the parents/carers responsibility to ensure their child is able to get too and from school.”
Lilly says her daughter is settled at Ide Hill which was the only school available when Eliz, who also suffers from the behavioural disorder, ADHD, started school.
She has also had problems getting her 17-year-old daughter to West Kent College in Tonbridge.
Kent County Council has been contacted for a response