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To: Department for Education and Nicky Morgan - Education Secretary
Free Post 16 Transport to School
Requesting the government to make it statutory for County Councils to provide free Post 16 transport to schools, bringing this in line with the Education and Skills Act 2008, where young people are now required, since June 2013, to stay in education or training for a further year after the compulsory school leaving age. From June 2015, this requirement will be extended until their 18th birthday.
Why is this important?
Free school transport for ALL students up until statutory school leaving age, is important to ensure equality for all, no matter where they live. The removal of free transport to Post 16 year olds effectively means that families living in rural areas are being penalised. Government Policy dictates that we now have to send our children to School/ Education until 17 and 18 years old from 2015, but there is no legislation put on to Local Government to provide this for free.
Effectively, rural families with post 16 year old children now have to pay to send their children to school, this is wrong when those who live within walking distance don't have to pay a penny.
Rural living families include those from farming communities and those on limited financial means who don't necessarily meet the criteria for benefits, yet will still be forced to pay.
This is morally wrong and needs to be addressed from the highest possible level.
Help us fight this and get all under 18 year old education totally free.
How it will be delivered
If enough support, I will personally deliver the signatures to Downing Street and hold a press conference.