Opinions on transport plan sought

School keep clear sign.
School keep clear sign.

Views are wanted on a proposal to change the way Northumberland County Council supports school transport on the basis of religion or belief.

Currently the council provides free travel to just over 800 pupils for reasons of religion or belief at a cost of almost £870,000 a year.

If the council decides to make this change, it will be introduced only from September 2015, and only for pupils starting in a new school from that date.

The council is considering changing its Home to School Transport Policy so that from September 2015 transport on the basis of religion or belief will be provided to new applicants on payment of an annual charge.

And the change would only impact on pupils who choose to attend a non-local school for reasons of religion or belief in the school year starting September 2015 or later and who would have qualified for free transport under current rules.

The local authority said the change would not affect any pupil who would currently qualify for free school transport for any reason other than religion or belief.

To register a view on the options, visit survey.northumberland.gov.uk/school_transport_belief/school_transport_belief.htm

All comments should be received before Tuesday, June 10.