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Call on Government to support young people living in rural areas with transport costs

A parish council is calling on the Government to provide more financial support for young people living in rural and isolated areas required to travel to receive their post-16 education, according to the Chichester Observer

The Chairman of East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council has written to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP, that young people are spending “up to £400 a month” on transport costs to access their education.

The chairman told the Secretary of State he wanted to “bring to [his] attention the considerable injustice facing thousands of young people living in rural areas who are forced to fund prohibitively expensive transport costs in order to access compulsory further education opportunities”.

He called for a ‘comprehensive review’ of transport policy for 16- to 19-year-olds to ensure that they have free access to their nearest local higher education establishment, with guaranteed young-persons fares introduced for all children under the age of 18.

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Chichester Observer - Call on Government to support young people living in rural areas with transport costs

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