Cuts force reduced Home-to-school help in Portsmouth

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A SCHEME to help families get their children to school is to be scaled down due to council funding cutbacks.

Portsmouth city councillors have approved a spending cut to the Home to School transport scheme. The £380,000 cut will bring the scheme’s budget down to £1.8m.

Cabinet member for children and education Cllr Rob Wood said shrinking funding from the government was to blame for the cutback.

He said: ‘With dwindling resources we need to ensure that vulnerable people get the help they are entitled to in the fairest way possible.’

Cllr Wood said families would be assessed to find out who had the most need for council support.

He said the cuts would be phased in over the next three years.

A total of 791 children and young people currently receive home-to-school or home-to-college assistance from the council.