Free school travel cuts

Nottinghamshire County Council will today seek approval to cut the Discretionary Travel Scheme from September 2014. The council said cutting the scheme, which provides free school transport for children in the region, will save £1.7m by 2017/2018.

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Councillor: Council's financial pressures are 'immense'

Nottinghamshire County Council will today seek approval to cut a free school transport system for children from September 2014.

The council said that cutting the Discretionary Travel Scheme will save £1.7m by 2017/2018.

Councillor John Peck, committee chairman for children and young people, said:

The financial pressures on local authorities at the moment are immense and in this economic climate it is difficult to sustain such a scheme.

Nottinghamshire is the only local authority in the country currently running a discretionary travel scheme like this - the other 150 authorities do not operate

Notts County Council to cut free school transport

Nottinghamshire County Council will today seek approval to cut the Discretionary Travel Scheme from September 2014.

The council say that cutting the scheme which provides free school transport for children in the region will save £1.7m by 2017/2018

Children who currently benefit from the scheme will continue to be supported until they reach statutory school-leaving age.

Opponents argue that this decision will restrict parental choice meaning that children are unable to go to schools outside of their immediate area.

Toot Hill School in Bingham, Nottinghamshire is one of the schools that would be affected by the cut Credit: ITV News Central

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