South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway school bus fears over fuel costs

A confidential report has warned that the rising cost of fuel is threatening Dumfries and Galloway Council's ability to provide school bus services.

The impact on the pupil transport budget was spelled out to councillors during a behind-closed-doors session.

Although the debate was in private, the decisions taken were later released.

The council agreed to take £300,000 from existing reserves to be used to support current contracts with school bus operators.

At the same time, a wider review is to be carried out of the provision of school and other transport services the council has a statutory duty to provide.

Councillors have granted the chief executive power to use any additional resources needed to complete the review process, including outside consultants.

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