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Vital help on fares
10:13am Friday 4th October 2013 in Letters
IN RESPONSE to Peter Jesse (Letters, September 26), I was interested to read his comments about cheaper bus fares for people aged 16-18.
As a member of York Youth Council, I campaigned alongside other young people to reduce fares for young people.
The Government now requires all young people to stay in education until 18, but does not provide financial support for this. In 2010, the Educational Maintenance Allowance was abolished, which had previously supported disadvantaged young people.
The new YoZone cards give young people much-needed support. They are discounted, not free. Older people have enjoyed free travel for many years. No one is arguing that they should not receive this support.
For young people in rural areas, who have to travel several miles across the city in harsh winter weather, cycling is not a safe option. The new cards will be a significant help. Youth unemployment is high. Many young people struggle to find weekend work to support their studies. When they do find work, they struggle to afford the bus fares.
In the UK Youth Parliament, cheap transport has been supported by all young people across the political spectrum. I am proud that we have worked together in York to achieve this much needed initiative.
Ella Boorman, Aged 16, Acomb, York.
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