Bus charges plan branded unfair

Coun David O'Toole
Coun David O'Toole
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A plan to charge sixth form students with special needs for college transport may have to be trimmed back after it met with angry opposition at County Hall.

Lancashire’s ruling Labour party wants to impose a £475 a year parental contribution - less than 10 per cent of the actual cost - for the door-to-door service.

But, while the fee still looks on the cards for September 2015, a proposal to increase the charge annually by five per cent above inflation was vetoed at yesterday’s meeting of the council’s executive scrutiny committee.

Tory member Coun David O’Toole described it as “nonsense” and the committee voted to stick to an inflation only rise - but only on the casting vote of Liberal Democrat chairman Coun Bill Winrow.

Defending the proposed fee, council leader Coun Jennifer Mein said: “It certainly isn’t something we wish to do, but unfortunately because of our budget constraints we have to consider areas like this. It saddens me, but I don’t think we are asking too much.”