Mum criticises council for taking away daughter's bus pass

Mum criticises council for taking away daughter's bus pass

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Simon Meechan

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Mum criticises council for taking away daughter's bus pass

A mum has criticised a Royal Borough decision to stop paying for one daughter's school transport while continuing to pay for her sister who studies at the same school.

Susan Garner's two eldest children both travel by school bus to Cox Green School in Maidenhead. Year 10 pupil Devon is provided with a free bus pass from the council, as did year eight pupil India last year.

But the borough has now withdrawn this provision for the younger girl, leaving her mum to pay the weekly fare.

Susan says she has been left angry at the decision and unclear as to why the situation changed.

She claims the borough has now told her that India's designated school is Dedworth Middle in Windsor, so the council will not continue to provide free transport to Cox Green.

Susan, from Fifield Road, said she chose Cox Green as the bus serving it stops at the end of her road and the village children have been taken to Cox Green before.

She said: "There are other families in Fifield in the same situation. This bus has done this route for 20 years. It always picks up from Fifield.

"It literally stops outside my house. I know the bus driver. It's absolutely crazy."

The council emailed the mum-of-three promising free transport for both girls until they finished their GCSEs in year 11.

But in September it withdrew India's right to free transport, a decision it upheld after a November appeal.

Devon has been guaranteed a pass until she completes year 11 next year.

The girls' mum, a personal trainer, must now fork out £4 a day for India's transport, and said she is now planning to change India's school, despite the 12-year-old having attended Cox Green for two years.

In a statement, the council said: "We are unable to comment on matters relating to individual cases.

"We can confirm that the appeal panel did consider the history of this case when it decided not to continue with the provision of free transport."

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