Friday, 24 July 2015

Welsh LibDems boost help to young people

From yesterday's media release:

From September 1, 16, 17 and 18-year-olds will receive a discount on all their bus journeys if they register for a card, including the Traws-Cymru network of longer-distance services.

Liberal Democrats claim credit, saying they allowed the Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass in 2014 in exchange for funding some of their policies, including almost £15m for a young person’s concessionary bus fare scheme. The scheme will be available to 110,000 Welsh people in that age range.

At a time when the unfettered Conservative government in Westminster is attacking young people in ways which Liberal Democrats successfully resisted in coalition, it is good to see this move which should help young people in Wales find and retain jobs, or assist in continuing their education.

Now all it needs is for the Welsh Government to reverse its cuts in support to bus companies so that the transport is actually there.

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