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Another petition started in protest of Kent Freedom pass

By joek11  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

By Joe Kasper @joek14

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WATERED DOWN: Kent County Council voted in favour of changes to the Kent Freedom Pass in December

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ANOTHER petition has been started in protest of Kent County Council’s decision to water down the Freedom Pass.

So far the ePetition ‘Scrap the £350 cap on Kent Freedom Pass’ has received nearly 4,000 signatures.

It was started last month on the KCC website and residents have until April 5 to sign it.

The document says: “There are other areas currently funded by Government/County Council that are far more deserving of losing money than this. For some, it will mean having to change schools, affecting the children's future.”

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If a petition reaches between 2,500 and 9,999 signatures it will be debated at the appropriate cabinet committee and if it receives at least 10,000 it will put forward to a full county council.

Currently, the Kent Freedom Pass costs £100 and provides unlimited bus journeys in Kent for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Under the new system, which is due to come into force this September, the £100 will only cover travel worth £350 for 11 to 16-year-olds, or £250 for 16 to 19-year-olds, after which normal fares will apply.

KCC say the reasons for introducing the new system was in reaction to public demand to extend the pass to 16 to 19-year-olds.

To sign the latest petition on the KCC website, visit https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=253&RPID=6491682&HPID=649168

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