Herefordshire Council to keep free buses to nearest school

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Pupils in Herefordshire may keep free travel to their chosen school, councillors have decided.

It was one of several amendments to budget proposals passed last month.

The Conservative-led authority - which needs to save £33m by 2018 - previously approved reductions to library budgets and a 1.9% council tax rise.

Councillors are currently meeting at the Brockington headquarters in Hereford to finalise next year's budget.

The amendments mean pupils will keep free bus travel to their nearest school. Post-16 provision for children with special educational needs will continue.

A transition fund which schools can use to find alternative means of transport for pupils will also be set up.

Arts groups will also be able to apply for funding.

Last month, plans to cut staffing and opening hours at the county's libraries were approved.

The authority also approved a 1.9% rise in council tax after it abandoned plans for a referendum on a 5% rise.

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