independent

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Huge bus increase for some families

ONE family will have to fork out €460 a year to send their five children on just a few miles of a round trip to school each day.

Last Tuesday's Budget saw a new transport fee of €50 per year for primary school pupils being introduced, with a maximum family charge of €110, while the annual charge for secondary school pupils is to be increased by €50 to €350 from the 2011/2012 school year.

One Wexford mother's four primary school children and one secondary school teenager all take the bus to school. 'It is a lot of money to pay, especially when the children's allowance was also cut... I was in shock and annoyed when I heard it in the Budget,' said the parent, who has been using the Bus Éireann service for the past 10 years to transport her children to school.

She does not now know if her children will continue using the school bus following the huge hike in fees.

'It is so much hassle to bring them to school myself. I have a two-year-old child also and it is so handy knowing they will be collected and brought to school safely and I am then not tied to time,' she said.

'If we weren't to use the buses I would have to drop my son in to school for 9 a.m. and be back at the national school for 9.20 a.m. I would be the whole time rushing, it would be a real hassle,' she added.

' They talk about free transport and education and then they are landing this on us. It's terrible that these cuts are coming back on the children.'

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