Labour slammed for cuts to transport

Northumberland’s Lib Dems have slammed the county council’s Labour administration for plans to scrap free school travel for post-16 students.

Labour proposes to charge 16 to 18-year-olds £450 per year for travel.

Julie Pörksen, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed, said: “Labour’s plans to charge for school transport for over 16s are outrageous, especially when education is to be compulsory until age 18. Their actions mean families face more hardship and low income families will really struggle to send their children to school.”

A Labour group source said they are reviewing and consulting on the current arrangements under the present budget pressures from central Government.

He added: “It’s wrong for the Liberal Democrats to try to play politics with an issue which is primarily the fault of their own Government.”