Threat to Free Child Bus Passes in Stockport?


Service cuts in Stockport could mean an end to free bus travel for numbers of children.

The news coes amid proposed rule changes by Stockport Council – which would be effective from September 2019.

Children who receive free school meals will still automatically qualify for a free bus pass.

Pupils under eight will also still be eligible, but only if they live more than two miles from the nearest school.

For ages eight and over, the qualifying distance would be three miles.

The town hall issued 1,226 free passes this year. Of those, 101 were for children whose parents receive working tax credit and 374 for those attending faith schools.

Council chiefs say savings could be made by only providing transport for seven pupils whose parents receive the maximum working tax credit.