London Mayoral Election

With the 2021 local elections fast approaching, AoC is engaging the candidates running for London Mayor to ensure that, if elected, they will make certain the capital has the resources it needs to support Londoners’ learning in the wake of the economic upheaval caused by coronavirus.

This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of colleges and we encourage all London colleges to help make some noise in the run up to the elections and make FE a top priority for the Mayor of London.

#MayoralElection #LondonMayor2021

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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 

#SaveThe16PlusOyster

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