Petition: SCRAP PLANS to restrict Freedom Passes and axe free travel for under 18s
The Government has stepped in with a financial bailout to help Transport for London to cope with the financial hit of Covid19.
Since 2005, children in London have been able to travel around the capital for free, or at a discounted rate. However, as part of its bailout, the Government plans to SCRAP free travel provision for the under 18s in the Spring of 2021.
This will be a disaster for families with children who are already struggling. It will increase costs for them and means that children and young people will have restricted travel.
The plan is that councils will pick up the responsibility, and the tab, under their obligations under the Education Act 1996, however, this only applies to travel to and from school and only for journeys over a certain distance depending on age. Cash strapped councils simply won't be able to fund the full range of free travel currently enjoyed by young people. This means the children of our poorest families could miss out on opportunities simply because their parents can't afford to pay for them to travel.
The Government claims these are only temporary measures but we all know how difficult it is to reinstate a benefit once it has been scrapped.
Families have suffered enough during the pandemic. We need to send a clear message to Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, asking him to change his mind on these conditions.
If you want to say no to scrapping free travel for under 18s then please sign the petition.
We, the undersigned, call on the government and TfL to withdraw their plans to:
- Scrap free travel for under 18s