A family in the South Lakes is angry that they’ll have to pay over a thousand pounds for their son to get to school in September.
Cumbria County Council voted to make part of its £80million worth of savings by cutting subsidised travel for over 16s.
It mean Alan Hilton, who lives in far Sawrey on the most rural side of Windermere, won't be able to get his subsidised taxi to school when he goes to Sixth Form in September.
He's been paying just over £320 for the service as The Lakes School isn't the County's first choice of school for him, but it would have been free from September because it is his closest sixth form.
Instead he'll have to pay £1200 for unsubsidised travel. Of the 8 sharing his taxi, 6 are under 16 so the taxi will still run.
Cumbria County Council says:
- Before the changes, the student would have paid a subsidised amount of £350 which is now £360
- As he's over 16, the council have 'no statutory duty' to pay for his transport
- Spare seat scheme: If he wasn't entitled but there was a spare seat to fill, the student would be required to pay the subsidised amount of £360, unless he's from a low income family
- It is the responsibility of the school to buy the spare seats from the council to then delegate among the students. This information will only be accessible after the summer holiday
- The council won't buy more taxis to meet spare seat demands. If two students are after a spare seat, it is for the school to decide which student gets the seat
- It's too early to make such claims that he will have to pay thousands for a taxi fare to school
- He could ride a bike to school.
- The budget changes are saving 1.9 million per year
- The student should speak to Lakes School about alternative options
Fiona Marley Paterson reports: