THE amendments just backed by Herefordshire Council allow schools and arts organisations at least another year to adjust to any new charging or funding arrangements.

Councillors Sebastian Bowen and John Stone proposed an amendment to re-instate free home to school transport based upon nearest in county or catchment - and for post-16s with SEN - planned for September.

This, the council heard, allowed for the creation of a “transition fund” to enable schools to develop responses to the changes.

Also approved is an amendment to re-instate arts commission grants for 2014/15  enabling organisations to plan for adjustments to their funding.

Councillors have also rejected an amendment to delay development of Hereford's link road so £100k could be set aside for voluntary sector.