In April this year the Executive changed a number of discretionary elements of the home to school and college travel policy.
The Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee asked for one change to be looked at again.
The proposed change related to retaining discretionary assistance for those who wish to attend a faith school.
The changes that the Executive made in April were as a result of the severe financial pressure that the Council is under.
The Council had provided more generous support for home to school travel than many other councils, but the scale of the cuts meant it had to reduce this level of support.
The Council has to find at least £115 million in cuts and increased income over the next three years to balance its budget. £115 million is around 25% of the current net budget and is in addition to the £100 million cuts already made in the last three years.
The Council undertook an 11-week consultation in 2013 and sought the views of a wide range of people in January and February this year.
A report has been prepared for the Executive which is due to meet on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 which contains further public comments and responses to them.