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End of the road for sixth form bus travel subsidy

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 30, 2012

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SUBSIDISED travel will officially be ditched in September for school and college students unless they are from low income families or disabled.

Staffordshire County Council will continue to help those most in need but others will be encouraged to use a Your Staffordshire Card.

The authority, which gave the go-ahead to the scheme last week, is trying to save £700,000 over two years.

Staffordshire cabinet member for education and skills Liz Staples said the majority of post-16 students made their own travel arrangements, with around only 10 per cent of young people using the post-16 transport scheme.

The Your Staffordshire Card is free to sign up to and enables young people to travel to and from school or college from £2 per day.

The new rules will come in in September 2012 for students moving into year 12.

The existing policy would continue for students going into year 13 and above.

Councillor Mark Winnington said: “My son will be affected and we realised the Your Staffordshire Card was a good option. We couldn’t do it any cheaper than that.” A range of groups including Staffordshire schools and colleges, Staffordshire Youth Parliament, Staffordshire Young People’s Service and Young People’s Learning Agency were consulted as part of the wider public consultation, as well as students being encouraged to send the county council their views.

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