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Students to pay more in school transport fees

Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for education at Buckinghamshire County Council PNL-140217-142330001

Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for education at Buckinghamshire County Council PNL-140217-142330001

School transport fees are to increase by nearly 50 per cent while Bucks County Council has also put an end to free travel for older teens from hard-up familes.

The changes, which come into effect from September 2014, will save the council £1.5m a year and come after a consultation with parents.

Annual tickets for under-16s will rise by 46 per cent from £390 to £570, with a 50 per cent reduction for sibling groups of three or more resident at the same address.

Main changes for post-16 students include an increase to the pricing structures by five per cent and an end to free transport for students aged 16-19 years old from low income households.

The council says it is ‘not legally obliged to provide home to school transport to pupils aged 16 or over, to those from low income families or with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Mike Appleyard, Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills said: “I appreciate any changes to our home to school transport policy, particularly the proposals to increase charging will have an impact on parents across Bucks, however, the stark reality is if the cost reductions don’t come from home to school transport now they are likely to impact more directly on children’s education, and we still need to make substantial savings as part of the national squeeze on public sector spending.”

 

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