Derby’s David Gale has today called for an end to the school bus pass post code lottery. Citing major differences in the cost to parents of school bus passes across the country, Gale claims that the huge variations in the charges levied by bus operators place a significant additional burden on families.
“The difference for a family with two children can be over £500 a year which makes a mockery of government attempts to support families struggling with the cost of educating their children. It’s all very well saying that children shouldn’t use the bus but, with an absence of police officers on the beat, parents’ primary concern is keeping their children safe.”
“Take two examples: a school bus pass in Derby from Arriva costs £12 per week per child, whereas Milton Keynes provides school travel for just 50pence per journey. That’s a staggering difference of £14 per week for a family with two children. Over a school year of between 36-40 weeks, that means that parents with two children in Derby are paying up to £960. That’s over £500 per year more than a similar family in Milton Keynes.”
“It’s not like parents have a choice about which bus operator to use. It’s effectively a monopoly situation that leaves bus operators able to point the finger at local authority subsidy as being the only way of making costs more manageable. We have a state education system. It’s only fair that the major cost of accessing it is stabilised across the country. I am calling on school bus passes to be properly regulated with affordable fares across the country.”
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