We cannont afford to send her

I WAS very disappointed to read the headlines in last week's Mercury 'Councillor pay rises to top £260K?' I don't usually care how much councillors earn. They are doing a job

I WAS very disappointed to read the headlines in last week's Mercury 'Councillor pay rises to top £260K?'I don't usually care how much councillors earn. They are doing a job like my husband and I, however when their pay rise could cover the cost of the transport that they have stopped, which in turn has stopped my daughter going to the secondary school of her choice, this is when I get annoyed and very upset.I have just completed the secondary school admission form for my daughter. I have had to decline the offer of St Bedes Roman Catholic School because we cannot afford to pay transport costs.We are working parents with four children and two presently attend St Bedes. My youngest child is due to change school in September. She is now upset and very sad because she cannot join her sisters and friends at St Bedes. This is only because, as working parents, we are above the low earners income so we would have to pay to send her.An approximate cost is £75 plus a month to send her on a coach paid for by all parents. We cannot afford to send her to a school with Christian values that will support her religious education.I totally understand that a pay rise is inevitable and I do look forward to my own in April, but is this really a realistic amount, as £260K would more than cover the cost of the transport to St Bedes for all the children I'm sure, or is this why it's been stopped?How can these people sleep at night when they take away the spiritual education of children wanting to go to a certain school. I'm sure other parents, and the teachers of Corpus Christi and St Bedes, after reading the article, will feel the same as I do, utterly disheartened and very disappointed in our council.MARIE MCMILLAN - Alma Street, Weston


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