Council accused of cutting corners in school bus row

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Labour councillors have come under fire for ‘cutting corners’ over plans to axe bus passes for pupils attending Sheffield’s Catholic schools.

A challenge forced a second consultation to be held because the first lasted just 22 days – short of the legally required 28.

The cost to the city as a result was £5,000.

Education spokesman Coun Colin Ross said: “Going into the first – and what should have been the only – consultation period, Labour knew they were well short of the legally required 28 days.

“They tried to cut corners and rush through what should have been a thorough process.”

Cabinet member for children’s services Coun Jackie Drayton said the shorter consultation period was designed to help parents meet school admissions deadlines.