Wednesday, 5 March 2014

New KCC website for the 16-19 year old Freedom Pass

To all the people that originally signed the petition of extending the Freedom Pass to 16-19 year olds. I need your help once again.

I do not know if you are aware but the KCC recently had a meeting and have again decided NOT to include the 16-19 year olds within the £200 a year Freedom Pass scheme.
However, I have been contacted by a Lib Dem councillor for Maidstone Central, namely Rob Bird, who would like to help our campaign by trying to make the KCC listen and extend this Freedom Pass. Mr Bird needs our help because we now have to set up a new petition on the KCC website and get 10,000 signatures or more before 13th March 2014 to get our campaign heard at the next meeting.
The NEW petition can be found here:https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=266&RPID=6657727&HPID=6657727 and please please please sign the new petition.
Lets not let the KCC get away with excluding the 16-19 year olds again, let our voices be heard. The wording of the petition is as follows:
Bring down the cost of the proposed Young Person’s Travel Pass for those aged 16-19 to the same level as the proposed Travel Pass for 11-16 year olds. With the raising of the school participation age, young people will be obliged to remain in school, college training or apprenticeships until they are 19. They often have to travel significant distances to get to the school or college with the most appropriate course for their needs, but the proposed annual charge of £400 for the Kent 16+Travel Card is simply unaffordable for many. We therefore call upon Kent County Council to extend the proposed Young Person’s Travel Pass scheme to include 16-19 year-olds for the same annual cost of £200. We also request that the annual charge for under16s entitled to free school meals remains at £50.

So campaigners, we have come this far with over 20,000 signatures on the 38 Degrees petition, so now lets do the same on the KCC website.
Thank you again for your support.
Lynne Miller