Cuts to school transport

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FAMILIES of children at faith schools will have to foot the transport bill to get their youngsters to classes after council bosses scrapped funding.

Durham County Council’s cabinet has agreed to abolish free transport for pupils to the schools from September.

It comes as the authority faces up to making £125million in savings during the next four years because of Government cuts.

The subsidy costs the council £2.2million a year, which is part of an £14million bill it pays to transport schoolchildren and college students.

The change to the rules for faith schools will save it an estimated £1million a year, with children who receive free school meals to still get bus passes.

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has said it is disappointed.

Council leader Simon Henig said it had no choice because of the cuts.