Cutting back on school transport

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The county council is cutting free school transport for children across the area in a bid to save half a million pounds.

All children in North Yorkshire currently receive free transport if they live more than two miles away from their school.

However, the council is only obliged to provide the service to children aged eight and over and if they are three miles from the school.

Those under eight and two miles away from their school will continue to receive the subsidy, as will children with special educational needs.

However, the council says: “The extent of savings that now need to be made by the county council across all its services means that a discretionary subsidy of this nature cannot be continued for the majority.”

Pupils in years 10 and 11 who receive free transport when they move house but stay at the same school will also be affected by the proposals.

A public consultation has been opened and will run until March 11.

It is expected that in the future post 16 and college transport arrangements will also be affected by the level of savings that need to be made.

Travel passes are also set to be increased in price from £480 a year to £550.

North Yorkshire County Council has to save £74 million by 2020.

This is on top of the £94 million it was ordered to save when austerity cuts were first implemented.

County Cllr Arthur Baker, executive member for schools said the changes would be phased.

For full details and to take part in the survey visit

www.northyorks.gov.uk/schooltransportconsultation