Councillor John Kent, Leader of the Labour Group on Thurrock Council is calling on the Tory Cabinet to reject plans to make cuts to the Council’s Home to School Transport scheme.
Councillor Kent said: “The Conservative proposals that children who has already lost their home and, living in a really unstable situation should be forced to move school, leaving behind friends and routine is particularly callous.
Other proposed changes include making children with Special Education Needs or a disability pay for their transport. While another suggests homeless children living in temporary accommodation for three months should be forced to move to a school closer to the family’s temporary address.
Cllr Bukky Okunade, Labour spokesperson for Children, said: “We have a laudable ambition, as a council, to “enable vocational and academic education, skills and job opportunities for all – how will charging our post sixteen special needs students for transport help achieve that vision.
Councillor Kent added: “The council has consulted on these proposals and a clear majority of residents rejected them – as did the Children’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I’m calling on the Conservative Cabinet to do the same and throw these heartless proposals out.”