Devon

Devon's student bus fares may rise by £120 says council

Students will continue to receive transport from Devon County Council but could be charged up to £500 for a bus pass, the authority has revealed.

It is considering raising the cost of an annual pass for over 16-year-olds from £378 to £500.

Devon County Council told BBC News it had no legal duty to provide transport for students over the age of 16.

It said the proposals would not affect current students but government funding cuts meant they had to reduce spending.

The cabinet member for schools and skills Christine Channon said: "We do not want to increase charges at all but we are facing unprecedented cuts in our funding from the government."

The Conservative-controlled council was considering cancelling the scheme as part of its £54.6m budget cuts, but Mrs Channon said this would have discouraged children to continue in education.

The cabinet would be discussing the proposal on 13 April and would also be considering "a significant reduction in charges for students from low income families".

If agreed, the proposal could come into effect for students starting in September.

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