Restore Free Travel for Under 18s in London
Siobhan Benita, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, has called on the government to urgently reverse the temporary suspension of free travel for under 18s in London.
The condition was part of the recently announced support funding package for Transport for London.
Benita described the scrapping of the concession as “unjust” and said that it will be “a disaster for the capital’s poorest families”.
Local authorities remain responsible for providing free travel between home and school for children eligible for free school meals, and who need to travel over 3 miles. Following questions from Liberal Democrat councillors, Merton Council estimated this would cost close to £100,000 per year.
Cllr Jenifer Gould added:
“Many young Londoners rely on free travel to get to school. Taking away this concession at a time when so many families are struggling financially is indefensible. And there doesn’t appear to be any plan in place for those in need. The most sensible thing to do at this stage is to urgently reverse the decision.”
You can sign the London-wide petition against this here.