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CALL TO EXPAND CRITERIA AND FUNDING FOR SCHOOL TRAVEL

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A Labour MP has called on the Scottish Office to broaden the criteria for providing free school transport after car...
A Labour MP has called on the Scottish Office to broaden the criteria for providing free school transport after carrying out a survey which showed wide variations between the provision from the 12 existing regional councils, The Herald reports (p6).

Brian Donohoe, MP for Cunninghame South, said that some education authorities meet only the minimum requirements laid down in the Education (Scotland) Act 1989, with others providing more generous schemes which they fund themselves.

'School transport is rightly one of the main concerns that parents have about their children's education and the Scottish office should now be lowering the current criteria for free school transport. This would avoid some Scottish schoolchildren under the age of eight having to walk up to four miles a day to attend their local school.'

Strathclyde RC estimate it spent £3.7m in 1995/95 on providing free transport to 20,000 children not covered by the basic legal requirement.
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