‘Make voices heard’ appeal over transport cuts in Keighley area

City Hall, Bradford

City Hall, Bradford

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Parents have been urged to “make their voices heard” in a consultation that could see the number of pupils who receive free school transport slashed.

They are being invited to attend a series of public meetings, including an event at Victoria Hall in Keighley between 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Bradford Council revealed plans to reduce the number of children who qualify for assisted school transport in response to budget reductions of £89 million during the next two years.

A consultation to gain the views of parents, teachers, governors and other interested parties will run until February 13.

The council reviewed its policy last April after an 11-week consultation, which concluded a number of discretionary free transport services should now face the chop.

Although pupils currently receiving free transport will not lose it, many previously eligible new starters will lose out.

Silsden councillors have already warned the cuts could lead to pupils from the town missing out on the free transport that many older pupils have enjoyed.

Coun Chris Atkinson has advised as many parents as possible to take part in the consultations.

Other public meetings will be held at City Hall in Bradford on February 6 (6pm to 8pm), King’s Hall in Ilkley on February 11 (6pm to 8pm) and Kirkgate Centre in Shipley on February 12 (6.30pm to 8.30pm).

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