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Maldon: Free school bus travel could be scrapped
2:49pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Local News
Free bus travel for many school pupils could be scrapped.
Essex County Councilcurrently spends £25million a year on home to school transport but is consulting residents on changes to come into force It is proposing to only provide free transport for pupils to attend their nearest school and removing bus services from safe walking routes.
Joint catchment areas could be axed, which will affect Thurstable School in Tiptree and Plume School in Maldon, which will mean youngsters will only receive help to attend their nearest school.
Grammar school pupils from low income families would also lose their free bus passes.
This would affect youngsters from Burnham who go to Chelmsford and those in Southminster attending Southend grammar schools.
The council also plans to means test families of disabled children who get taxis to school.
Any family earning over the threshold for child benefit - £42,457 - will lose support.
For teenagers aged over 16, low income families will have to pay half the cost of travel and charges will be made on a sliding scale for those with statemented special educational needs (SEN).
A six-week consultation will run until October 25. Visit www.essex.gov.uk
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