Suffolk schools to lose millions as council plans free transport cut – Schools Week

Jim McAtear, its headteacher, wants the council to cease the consultation and “apologise to the people of Suffolk” for proposals which he said would lead to redundancies and disruption.

Opposition is mounting against plans to cancel free transport from thousands of children, amid claims it will cost some schools millions of pounds.

Rachel Gooch, a governor at the school, claimed the cost-saving plan could backfire, because the council may only be able to cut five bus services – saving a more modest £200,000 – once it takes into account the number of children who will still need a bus to school. Others who lack a safe walking route also need transport, as will those unable to get a place in the nearest school.

A council report from September acknowledged the policy would have an “adverse impact” on families in rural areas.

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