Login Register

Another petition started in protest of Kent Freedom pass

By joek11  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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

Comments (0)

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.”

Related content

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

Read more from Kent and Sussex Courier

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters