Care and transport plans agreed

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COUNCILLORS have approved moves to sell off care homes and changes to subsidised school transport.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet has backed plans to seek expressions of interest for its 16 homes, which will be marketed by commercial and property advisers KPMG.

However, a decision as to who will take them on will not be made until February.

Homes affected by the move include Davers Court and Glastonbury Court, in Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth Court, in Ixworth, Wade House, in Stowmarket and Wamil Court, in Mildenhall.

The proposal will save the authority £4 million a year.

The cabinet has also approved revisions to its home to school transport policy.

Measures given the go-ahead include the withdrawal of subsidised transport for students admitted to Roman Catholic schools from September 2012 unless they meet low income criteria.

Students who already receive discounted travel to Roman Catholic Schools or will from this September will continue to do so until they leave school. However, the charges for students at Roman Catholic schools and in post 16 education will rise from £130 to £150 per term for the 2011/2012 school year.

Students receiving discretionary transport for the first time from September 2011 will have the charges waived if they are from families entitled to free school meals or receive the maximum working tax credit.