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.”
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