Links: School transport cuts and obligations

The BBC report on the number of cuts being made to “optional” school transport services, following a series of FOI requests by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).

There’s some important background in the report on what services are not optional:

“Local authorities are obliged to provide free school transport for pupils aged between five and 16 years old if their nearest school is more than three miles away. This goes down to two miles for under-eights.

“Children will special educational needs and some from low-income families also get some statutory assistance.

“But councils also provide school transport on a discretionary basis, which is especially valued in rural areas.”

The CBT is also trying to find out more about cuts to bus services more generally. You can add your own information at their website.

About Paul Bradshaw

Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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