Proposed Removal of Travel Subsidies for Young People
The Department for Transport is requiring Transport for London (TfL) to suspend the subsidy for under 18-year-olds.
They are citing it is a London-specific investment and that young people should lead the way in reducing transport usage in the wake of COVID-19. There are over 90,000 young people in school sixth forms and 78,000 in colleges across the capital; two thirds of college students are BAME and most students are disadvantaged; educationally, socially or economically.
We are supporting the Child Poverty Action Group campaign to reinstate free travel for all young people but our campaign focuses the 16-18 year old travel subsidies and saving the 16+ Oyster Card.
Travel has never before been a barrier to young people’s participation in FE opportunities, but this decision makes it a barrier