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£4m School Taxi Bill

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 30th October 2013

£4m is being spent getting youngsters to school in Cornwall - in taxis.

Almost thirteen hundred students catch a cab to class every year in the Duchy.

The council says it only happens if it is the most appropriate way to travel and if they meet strict criteria.

168 taxi operators provide the service to 1,295 children and teenagers across Cornwall.

170 secondary and primary schools use their services.

In all the costs total £3.9m out of a total school and college transport budget of £12.4m in 2012/3.

County Hall said: "Pupils are eligible for transport if they meet the requirements set out in the Home to School transport policy for pupils attending primary or secondary schools, which reflect the Statutory Duty imposed on Local Authorities in respect of home to school transport.

"Post 16 students are eligible for subsidised transport if they meet the requirements as set out in the Post 16 transport policy."

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