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Pupils to lose free travel concessions next year.

PUPILS at Church of England and Catholic schools in Cheshire will no longer receive free bus travel.

The county council's executive voted to start charging pupils part of their travel costs from September, 2008.

The decision was taken at yesterday's packed executive meeting after a long public

consultation on the issue.

Travel costs to faith primary and secondary schools will be set at pounds 291 per year - pounds 1.53 a day - with the county council supporting the rest of the costs by 61%.

Charges will be limited to two children in any household.

Parents, headteachers and clergy were among those who asked the executive guestions on the funding issue.

Afterwards, lead member for children's services, County Cllr David Rowlands said: "We have to strike the balance between the interests of those receiving a subsidised bus service and the broader interests of the council tax payer."
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