Decision is due over free school transport
Final decisions over changes to free school transport should be made in the next two weeks.
It follows a consultation by Leicester City Council over proposals to scrap free transport for children travelling to faith schools, which are further away than their nearest schools.
The council is also considering axing subsidised transport for post-16 students living further than three miles from their school or college, including those with special education needs or who meet low income thresholds.
If all the proposals are given the go-ahead, the council will save £578,000 a year.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Responses to the public consultation show 89 per cent of the 137 respondents did not support the removal of post-16 transport, while 65 per cent did not support the removal of travel assistance to faith schools. Councillors on the children and young people's scrutiny committee will meet today to discuss the responses ahead of a decision by the council executive.
If they are given the go-ahead, the changes will start in September.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has said funding could potentially continue for some students who had started post-16 courses to allow them to finish.
Councillor Vi Dempster, Leicester City Council's assistant mayor for schools, said: "Council budgets are being hit hard by government settlements and we've had to look closely at where we can make savings.
"While we remain committed to the provision of excellent statutory services, we have in the past used our discretion to fund other groups, including home to school transport."