THE Mi Card may not be axed but usage times could be restricted and charges added under new budget announcements, We Are Barnsley can reveal.

The scheme offers free bus travel across Barnsley for under-18s between 9am-9pm and on weekends but under the next round of budget cuts, the council says it has to axe some of the £2 million it costs to run the Mi Card scheme.

The council is considering three options to make the Mi Card more viable - one is to charge an all day fare of 30p, even at weekends, to anyone using one.

The second proposal is to reduce Mi Card hours to 5 - 9pm on school days and weekends with a 60p fare at all other times.

Finally it is considering a 20p fare at Mi Card hours only, between 9am - 9pm weekdays and anytime at weekends. A council spokesman said no firm decision had yet been made but those were the proposals that had been put forward.

She added: "Regarding any changes made to the scheme, Barnsley Council is looking at different options that will be discussed with groups of young people. All the options will be going before the Youth Council for them to consider and give their recommendations."

Latest figures show that around 67 per cent of children and young people in Barnsley use the cards.