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To: The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP and Rt Hon Nicky Morgan

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR UNDER 16's NATIONWIDE

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR UNDER 16's NATIONWIDE

We are asking for the transport minister Patrick Mcloughlin MP and Education secretary Rt Hon Nicky Morgan to make it possible for all children under 16 years of age to be given free transport at the very least for school journeys.
We want all councils to offer free transport for children all children without exemptions giving every child the same chance in life as their peers.
This should be sourced as it in every borough of London, through the taxes and huge quantity of money put into the system to give all children an equal start for the future and take the strain of growing congestion caused by traffic of cars taking children to school.

Why is this important?

In some areas, children's annual bus passes for September on wards are rising by a staggering 25%, for instance in Kent, a child's annual pass last year was at £200, this is now going to £250.

Kent County Council also says it has to save £209 million over the next three years and so will increase the cost of its bus pass for 11 to 16-year-olds from £200 to £250 in September, a year after the price doubled from £100.

The chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People’s Board, David Simmonds, told Schools Week that financial pressures were forcing many councils to scale back to meet their legal obligations “rather than go far beyond that – which is what they did historically”.

For children under 8, councils are obliged to provide transport for pupils living more than two miles from the nearest suitable school. For those aged between 8 and 16, the statutory duty is to provide transport for those living more than three miles away.

In rural areas, councils had traditionally provided free transport, although it was not a legal duty. It's now being eroded because of yet more cuts.

This is going to affect so many people all over the country with Kent County Council being hit with the steepest rises with the best explanation being due to cuts needed in a council letting down not only the most vulnerable but the many people that are working so hard just to pay the bills and put food on the table that will have to not only find money for uniform and school essentials but also £250.

The only legal obligation being kept nationwide is that to provide free travel for the over 65's

Free school travel for children will have huge positives.
- Attendance will be higher
- Congestion and traffic will be minimised
- Less road related accidents to children who walk near schools due to less traffic.

Examples of how this is promoted in councils that RECOGNISE that free school buss pass's are the way forward;

LONDON

Children under the age of 11 only need a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard to travel free on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services if they:

Travel without an adult
Look older than 10
A 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard isn't needed for your child to travel free on buses and trams or to buy child-rate paper tickets. If you think your child doesn't need a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, find out more about travelling with children.

Children aged over 10 years and 11 months and under 16 on 31 August can get an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard to travel free on buses and trams, and child rate on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

CITY OF BRADFORD

"Where walking/cycling is not possible, please consider public transport before using the family car on the school run, public transport is miles better for the environment and cuts down on traffic and pollution.

Many secondary school pupils travel to school by public transport and the journey to a new school is often the first step your child will take toward independent travel; Bus services provide a safe and reliable way to get to school. Instead of giving your child a lift all the way to school why not consider dropping off at a bus stop or train station so that your child can continue their journey by public transport with friends?"

All pupils in full time education are entitled to purchase a weekly School Plus Metro Card or for those occasional bus users pay half fare on public transport; please contact Metro for more information. Bus services run to or close by many local secondary and primary schools. To find out which buses serve your school and get up to date information on school travel please visit the Generation M website.

Bradford Council is committed to reducing car travel which is a major source of pollution and congestion around school gates and encourages schools to produce a School Travel Plan setting out their commitment to sustainable school travel.

Please ask your headteacher for more information on your School's Travel Plan

Your child needs you to show them the way to sustainability. Reduce your car use and improve their quality of life.

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE

~ Together We Can Make A Difference ~

How it will be delivered

We at our community support service hope to gather enough signatures to print off and take in person with maximum affect for our children, our future.

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Reasons for signing

  • Because I can’t afford a bus pass
  • So children can get free transport
  • We need to get families out of their cars!

Updates

2015-07-29 13:50:12 +0100

Well done - Over 100 signatures reached! Let's double this at least by the end of the week.

More encouragement is needed to lower emissions that levels were being spoken of in the news at the end of last week.

Parents cannot afford this lump sum for annual passes so where children may need to get their school's by bus they end up paying weekly a hell of a lot more for instance looking at the large county of Kenty last year;
Annual passes £200
Weekly pass £20.50
£20.50 x 52 = £1066

This is a difference of £866!!!

The new weekly rate is £25.60

This is staggering £1,331.20 annually

Could you imagine how much that would be damaging to the budgets for families working or on benefits not to mention families living day by day?? 😦

Remember this is a nationwide campaign.

Please help by sharing wherever possible in the UK

~ Together We Can Make A Difference ~

2015-07-26 10:37:57 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-07-25 21:53:15 +0100

So just over a day since starting this petition and campaign to the transport and education secretaries to allow free bus travel for all school children and just from a few shares on Facebook, together we have gathered 70 signatures so far.
It's a great start but we need to spread this national campaign far and wide.
We now that London and Bradford for instance have free public transport for ALL children under 16 by their councils but other councils are now cutting costs in their budgets by charging well above inflation prices for annual bus passes children need for their daily school journeys.

I will be researching all areas affected by lack of support for public transport to get our children to school and posting information for as many areas as can be pin pointed.

Please feel free to let us know how any price rises or lack of support is going to or has affected you and remember to share
~ Together we can make a difference ~

2015-07-25 13:05:53 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-07-24 15:46:39 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-07-24 11:08:32 +0100

10 signatures reached