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Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:39

Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on a proposal to end taxpayer funding for parents who opt to send their children to faith schools even though a nearer school is available.

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 14:19

The National Secular Society has welcomed news from Telford and Wrekin Council that its discriminatory school transport policy is being reconsidered.

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32

The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:13

Lancashire County Council has come under fire from the Church of England over plans to remove transport subsidies for children attending faith schools.

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:27

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that a 'discriminatory' school bus policy, which gives Catholic pupils free travel but makes non-Catholics pay, is to be reviewed by Flintshire Council.

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:45

Kirklees Council is considering ending free travel to faith schools in a bid to cut out unnecessary expenditure. The move has widespread local support, with 72% of 926 consultation responses in support of the measure.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22

A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12

Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17

Parents in Flintshire have complained of religious discrimination after it emerged that non-Catholics wouldn't be permitted to use a bus provided by the local authority to a Catholic faith school.

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:53

A Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales has claimed that not providing free transport to faith schools breaches a child's right to manifest a religion.

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29

Councillors at Derbyshire County Council have approved a proposal to cut free transport for pupils travelling to religious schools.

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:35

Cornwall County Council is under fire for considering the removal of subsidies for transport of pupils to religious schools.

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:59

Despite the fact that Wales is being particularly badly affected by the current economic downturn, churches in the country are demanding that subsidies for transport of children to faith schools remain untouched.

Lancashire church leaders unhappy at proposal to increase parents’ contribution to faith school transport costs

Lancashire church leaders unhappy at proposal to increase parents’ contribution to faith school transport costs

Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:14

Lancashire County Council is under fire from church leaders who accuse them of planning to "penalise" parents who send their children to religious schools.

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:21

Somerset County Council is proposing to reduce subsidies for transport to faith schools in order to bring them into line with those for non-faith schools.

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:23

Thurrock Council in Essex is the latest to decide that it will no longer fund transport for pupils attending faith schools. Last year it spent £480,000 transporting children to religious schools outside their catchment areas.

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:58

The mother of two boys attending a Catholic school in Durham says she was told by the council that the younger of the two could not have free transport on the school bus because he wasn't baptised.

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:39

Leeds City Council has seen off an attempt by opposition councillors to derail its plans to cut free transport for children attending "faith schools".

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:44

Wirral council is the latest to make cuts to free transport for pupils attending religious schools.