A CONTROVERSIAL decision to axe free bus passes for children attending faith schools in the new school year in Sheffield could be overturned.
Sheffield Council could be forced into a U-turn after plans to scrap the ‘discretionary agreement’ from September were met with fierce criticism.
Parents are being asked to have their say on whether they want pupils from Reception to Year 11, who currently receive provision, to continue to until the end of their time at school, take it away in phases, or withdraw it completely when children arrive back after the summer holidays.
The council argues its original decision will save £250,000, and that it is one of the last remaining local authorities in England which still provides the passes.
Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It is with a heavy heart we have had to even consider making these changes to our discretionary bus passes, but we feel we have no choice given the scale of cuts we are facing.
“The drastic cuts have left us with far less money than we would like to spend on services, so we have to make sure the little we do have is spent on the most in need.
“We have listened to what people told us and, as a direct result, we have decided to re-consult.”