by timpickstone on August 20, 2012
We’re being presented with an urgent item for the meeting of the Council’s Cabinet meeting this Wednesday – which is the Labour Council proposing to end the travel costs for children attending faith schools from September 2013.
At present the Council will purchase travel passes for children in low income families who have to travel more than 2 miles to their nearest school (3 miles for secondary school children). It also pays for the travel of children attend a faith school which is not their normal school – and its this extra provision which is proposed to end from September 2013.
The main people affected by the change would be people who attended Jewish, Church of England or Roman Catholic schools – where there is non-faith school which would be nearer.
In 2011/12 the Council spent Â£337,000 in helping children with travel to school – the estimated saving for ending this for Faith schools is Â£214,000.
Only two years ago the same proposal was made by the then (minority) Conservative administration in Bury. Labour campaigned loudly against the changes citing it as discrimination and 13 Labour Councillors ‘called in’ the decision at the time and in the end it didn’t happen.
Let me know what you think as I am interested in people’s views.