Catholic Church to challenge religious school transport cuts

The Catholic Education Service of England and Wales is taking legal advice over the scrapping by local authorities of free or subsidised transport for faith school pupils. It said it would instruct lawyers to investigate whether the moves were permitted under human-rights and anti-discrimination legislation. At least 16 councils are considering ending, or have cut, the discretionary service. Latest, this week, is Hampshire County Council, which ended its subsidies for pupils wishing to travel to religious schools outside their catchment area.