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Warrington Borough Council makes school transport cutbacks

A Cheshire council is making cuts to free school transport for pupils as part of budget savings.

Warrington Borough Council has approved plans to tighten the school transport policy, which costs £1m a year, from September 2013.

Two changes have been made to the original plan after receiving 100 objections in the consultation period.

Low income families will still receive help with transport costs as will year 10 and 11 pupils until 2015.

Warrington Borough Council said it currently received a government grant of £228,000 which is not ring -fenced and may not be made available in future years.

The rest of funding for school transport is met from council's own funds.

Councillor Colin Froggatt said: "We have listened to the concerns of those who responded to this consultation and have made some amendments to our original plans.

"Unfortunately this council is continuing to have to make some very tough decisions about its spending owing to a significant reduction in funding from the government."

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