Saturday, 11 January 2014

Keep free travel for Post-16 students in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council's Labour administration is planning to scrap free travel for post-16 students travelling to and from school or college - replacing it with a £450 annual charge. 
The Liberal Democrats across the county have heavily criticised the plan, warning that it would have a huge damaging effect on the prospect of the county's young people, particularly in rural and remote areas.
Julie Pörksen, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has said: "Labour's plans to charge for school transport for over 16s are outrageous, especially when education is to be compulsory until age 18. Their actions mean families face more hardship and low income families will really struggle to send their children to school. 
Young people in our remote and rural areas have as much right to get to school or college for free as those who are lucky enough to live close enough to walk."

And as a reminder, the former Liberal Democrat led administration of the county council did not impose the charge, indeed removed it. 

Now Labour intend to reimpose it !

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