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.