Most of those affected attend Brentwood Special Needs School in Altrincham. The policy, brought into force in May, means those aged over 16 and educated in Trafford aren’t automatically provided with transport. Some have now been left to find other ways of getting to school after town hall chiefs reviewed eligibility. Johnny Marr’s autistic niece Jodie is one of those who has lost out.
The decision was due to be rubber-stamped on Tuesday, but town hall chiefs have cancelled the key executive meeting after discovering a legal challenge could soon be launched.