Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Pupils may lose free transport

STUDENTS at the Piggott School in Wargrave could lose free transport.

STUDENTS at the Piggott School in Wargrave could lose free transport.

Reading Borough Council is consulting on plans to withdraw the facility for children at faith schools from September.

Councils have no legal requirement to pay for transport when parents have chosen to send their children to a faith school which is not their nearest school.

Under the proposals, all children attending faith schools who currently receive free transport will continue to do so until they leave the school but no new applications will be considered.

The council says the move would save £20,000 per year.



Councillor Tony Jones, lead councillor for education, said: “In the face of drastic budget cuts and recent changes in government guidance, we are having to review school transport provision and this is one of the areas we are looking to change.

“With a shrinking pot of money, the council is looking at ways of efficiently delivering a school transport service for those who need it most. We are now inviting comments on the proposals.”

The result of the six-week consultation will be reported to the council’s adult, children and education committee in October.



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