Eight in 10 parents pay bus fee

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MORE than eight in 10 Buckinghamshire parents have so far paid a new £76 admin fee so their child can catch the school bus.

Last month, 4,107 mums and dads were told their child did not qualify for free school transport under national legislation – and were asked to pay the fee by June 1.

So far 3,388 parents, or 82 per cent, have stumped up the term time fee – which equates to £2 a week.

The changes, which were agreed at the start of the year after two public consultations, aim to save Bucks County Council between £600,000 and £1.4million a year over five years.

Mike Appleyard, deputy leader, said: “We consulted as widely as possible and the feedback was that, while there was opposition to increased charges, respondents said that if it were to be introduced, they should be spread as widely as possible. The introduction of the admin charge helps to achieve that. “The average cost of transporting a child is £676.”