A SCHEME which offers free bus travel across Barnsley for under-18s could be scrapped amid the next round of swathing budget cuts.

Barnsley Council has been told by the government that it needs to cut £24m from its budget over the next three years - and amongst the list of changes proposed in the service cuts, the MiCard is discussed.

The budget consultation report says the Mi Card gives younger people the chance to get out and about at no cost to them or their parents. But it costs the council £2m - which it pays to Stagecoach - to run the scheme.

It added: "We are proposing to reduce the cost of the scheme which we could do in a number of ways. For example we could charge for the card, restrict the hours it's available, limit the number of days it can be used, limit it to providing reduced fares rather than free travel or limit it to families on means tested benefits.

"To help us understand how best to revise the scheme we would like to know more about who uses it and how. We would like to stress that at this stage any proposed changes to the MiCard are only suggestions and will be discussed by councillors (the council's decisions makers) over the next few weeks - along with a number of other saving suggestions."

The Council is asking for your views on the budget cuts an a survey that is open until January 16. To tell them how you use MiCard, go here