The Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth has written to the Isle of Wight Council leader expressing “dismay” at proposals to end free travel for faith schools.

The Right Reverend Crispian Hollis said removing transport subsidies could “severely impact the future and the flourishing of Christ the King School”.

Councillor David Pugh, leader of the council, said all pupils should be treated equally regardless of religion.

A consultation on plans to end the blanket subsidy runs until 4 July.

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