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Cumbria parents urged to apply for school transport

School bus in the UK Credit: PA

Parents who require transport for their primary or secondary school children are being urged to apply for a place on the school bus before the deadline.

Cumbria County Council say the transport will begin at the start of the 2017 school year.

The free transport will be available to pupils who are up to the age of eight and live more than two miles away from their qualifying school or catchment. The transport will also be available for free for pupils over the age of eight who live more than three miles away.

Other children may be entitled to financial help with school transport if they are already entitled to free school meals or their family receive the maximum level of working tax credit.

Applications close on Friday, 30 June. Outcomes will be given within three-four weeks.

More details can be found on the council website.

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Scottish teachers union vote for strike action

The Educational Institute of Scotland have voted to go on strike Credit: ITV Border

The Educational Institute of Scotland has voted for members to go on strike, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Over 90 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action, following what they say was college management's failure to deliver on a deal made last year.

Colleges Scotland has called the action hugely disappointing.

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