Council 'tried it on' in bus fare letters

20th July 2001 at 01:00
THE Government has told an education authority to withdraw or correct a letter to parents implying new bus fares for sixth-formers were linked to the local learning and skills council taking over post-16 funding.

Northumberland County Council is considering its response to the Department for Education and Skills. Its letter, from education director Lindsay Davies, said the change in post-16 funding would affect home-to-school transport. Lib Dem education spokesman Phil Willis said Northumberland was "trying it on", as LSCs will not be given funding for transport. But Tony Mitchum, the council's transport services manager, said the implied link with the LSC takeover was unintentional.

Northumberland is considering pound;2 bus fares for sixth-formers who previously travelled free, to reduce their pound;8 million school transport budget.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now