Government slammed over plans to spend £20million taking children to nearest grammar school by taxi

The Mirror reports that Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has slammed ministers over plans to spend £20million on taxis to take children up to 15 miles to the nearest grammar schools .

The government had previously cut a larger amount from the school transport budget that had supported a far larger number of pupils to get to school by bus.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £5million per year – £20million over the Parliament – in the Budget to provide transport for pupils to the nearest grammar school, up to a limit of 15 miles from their home.

But the Government has now admitted that only around 1,000-1,500 pupils stand to benefit, meaning the cost per pupil will be £3,000 to £5,000 a year.

Meanwhile the grant supporting councils in providing school transport, usually buses, was cut by £6million a year from 2015-16.

Those cuts led to concerns that disabled teenagers no longer had a right to help getting to sixth form or college, pupils being forced to move school, and families being charged hundreds of pounds extra.

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