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Council seeks ways to cut school transport costs

By Sussex Courier  |  Posted: September 06, 2013

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PARENTS are being asked to give their views as East Sussex County Council looks to slash its school transport budget by 15 per cent.

The authority want to review the funding for school transport it currently offers to some students across the county.

The proposals relate to provision for areas served by more than one school and transport for further education students, including those with special educational needs.

There will be three separate consultations on the matter, which started on Wednesday and will end on October 25.

It is part of the council's drive to save £63million across the next three years.

Councillor Nick Bennett, the council's lead member for learning and school effectiveness, said: "We fully understand that these proposals will not be welcomed, but we have to reduce our budget in order to make savings.

"The proposed changes ensure people who really need help – particularly students from families on low incomes – continue to receive it.

"The consultations will make sure those concerned understand the proposals and give people a chance to make their own suggestions and share their thoughts on how the savings can be made.

"We want to be able to assess the impact of these proposed changes on individuals and would really encourage anyone with an interest in the proposals to take this chance to make their thoughts known."

To comment visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

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