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Pupils may need to pay to get to school after cuts to bus budget

Pupils in Suffolk may soon need to pay to get a bus to school.

There has been a furious reaction to cuts to free school transport in Suffolk. One head teacher says overwhelming public opinion against the move has been ignored.

But the county council says £21 million a year on school transport is unsustainable.

Walking to school or paying hundreds of pounds in bus fares will be the only option for some pupils to get to class from September 2019.

The policy will be phased in.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

From September 2019, children starting at a new school aged between four and sixteen will only get free transport if they go to their nearest school and that school is over two miles away if they're under 8 or over three miles away if they're aged 8 to 16.

A spokesman for the Conservative-run council says tough decisions have had to be made.

Cllr Gordon Jones, the Cabinet Member for Children's Services said: "We have listened and we have had to make a balance, a balance between what is right and what we as a county council can afford."