Students to be charged £30 extra for transport

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Students aged over 16 are to be charged an extra £30 a year for their home to school transport.

Suffolk County Council bosses have set the cost of payment for transport to schools, colleges and other centre at £510 a year or £170 a term for 2013/14.

The increased fee is due to be agreed by ther authority’s cabinet on Tuesday June 11. The council provides transport for students aged over 16 who live more than three miles and less than 75 minutes by public transpirt from their chosen centre.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said the home to school transport budget is under ‘significant pressure from rising fuel and other costs’. She added: “It’s important to remember that it cost £850 to transport a student to college each year - the county council pays the remaining £340 for parents. My message to parents who are worried about the costs of school transport is to speak to their child’s school or college. They are able to provide financial assistance through government-funded bursaries and can offer help and advice.”