'Why punish us for making faith choice?'
Penelope Restorick, who lives in Peasedown St John with her husband Steve and their four daughters, who are aged 11, six and four year old twins, is opposed to any funding changes.
She told councillors: "As a family living in Peasedown St John, our catchment senior school would be Writhlington, a journey by coach provided by B&NES free of charge. However, we decided it would be more beneficial, both spiritually and educationally, if our eldest daughter attended St Gregory's. Therefore the transport subsidy she received is called "denominational".
"Had we decided Writhlington was not the right school based on education, teaching ability or school speciality and instead chose to send her to Norton Hill, she would have received a subsidy called Farepay, a subsidy at exactly the same value as the denominational one.
"We are asking for nothing more than our daughter would receive if she went to a non-faith school.
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"For some families the removal of this subsidy will end their right to choose their closest appropriate faith school. They are the families who earn just that little bit too much to be eligible for free transport, but not enough to cover the full cost of transport to school.
"It is for these families that I hope you seriously stop and consider whether their reason is any less valid than the reason any other parent makes to send their child to a non-catchment school?"