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Thousands of youngsters could lose free bus pass to school
12:34pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of pupils across north Essex could have their free bus passes taken away, if council plans are given the go-ahead.
Essex County Council has launched a six week consultation in a bid to shave off some of the £25 million it spends on home to school transport.
The plans would see:
- Grammar school pupils from low income families have their free bus passes taken away.
- Pupils only given transport to their nearest school, not other schools in the catchment area.
- The council has also wants to scrap free transport on to three schools in the county that it was previously considered too difficult for children to walk to.
- Means testing of families with disabled children who get taxis to school.
- Families earning over the threshold for child benefit - £42,457- will have any help taken away.
- Low income families could have help cut by 50 per cent
- Review of help given to children over-16, in further education.
Under the plans the deadline for applying for help towards school transport will also be brought forward.
Are you affected by the proposed changes? If so please call a reporter on 01206 508334.
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