I applaud the proposal

I read that the council provides free travel to just over 800 pupils at a cost of almost £870,000 a year on the grounds of religion or belief (News Post Leader, March 27).

I stand to be corrected, but my understanding is that this is not required by law.

I believe they are, rightly, required by law to provide transport on grounds of distance, age or disability.

Anyone choosing to send their children to faith or belief schools outside their catchment areas must surely be required to pay any such costs as part of this choice.

I, being a retired pensioner, do not feel I should, through my council tax, be subsidising such choices.

I applaud the council’s proposals of the introduction of an annual charge for such a service.

Colin Easton