Devon

Torbay Council revises school bus subsidy cut

A Devon council has revised plans to raise the cost of school buses for families with more than one child at faith or grammar schools.

Passes are rising from £245 to £490 in some cases and parents said they would struggle to afford them.

The Conservative-run council will now halve the cost of transport for second children at the schools to £245 a year.

For families with three children, the third child will travel for free. This reduction will help 21 families.

Parents in receipt of qualifying benefits will continue to receive free transport.

Councillor Chris Lewis, said: "We have listened to the concerns of local parents and are responding by helping those families with more than one child, who face the highest costs.

"We understand that some parents will still find it difficult, but we have to make large savings across the council and we have to ensure that we protect services for the most needy children and young people."

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