PUBLIC consultations on proposals to reduce the amount of money spent on home-to-school transport have been launched by a council.

Buckinghamshire County Council today launched two consultations about its plans to slash spending on school transport for children.

The authority says it has been going “above and beyond” the legal requirements for school transport and now needs to tighten its belt.

BCC is asking parents and residents to take part in a survey, which runs until March 21. A series of public meetings will also be held around the county over the next few weeks to enable parents to ask questions.

Cllr Mike Appleyard, BCC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "With home to school transport accounting for a significant proportion of young people’s budget, we have had to review the arrangements we have in place in these areas to find a way of providing young people with transport in a way that is fair and affordable within the funding we have.

"We understand parents may have concerns about this consultation, and our greatest desire is always to work together to find a solution that is in the best interests of the child.

“This is why it is important that all parents and carers concerned get involved and give us their views."

To take part in the consultation and to find out more information about the public meetings, visit